Research into the Influence of Culture on Romantic Relationships

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1. What did Janovick find?

  • In Chinese university students both males and females were equally romantic and Anglo-Australian males were more causal and less romantic than their female counterparts
  • 88% of cultures showed signs of love
  • Only 1 out of 108 hunter-gatherer communities showed no signs of love
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2. How does collectivist cultures affect the choice someone has on relationships?

  • Individuals are taught to interdependent and relationships should be for the greater good of the community so their community is more likely to have an opinion in whom they have a relationship with
  • Individuals in this culture are taught to be independent, so their opinion is important in deciding who they have a relationship with
  • This culture tends to live in less urbanised settings so there's less choice in whom they interact with due to geographical isolation and lack of social mobility making relationships more non-voluntary
  • This culture tends to live in a urbanised setting where they are likely to meet lots of people in a voluntary way

3. What did Moore and Leung find?

  • Only 1 out of 108 hunter-gatherer communities showed no signs of love
  • In Chinese university students both males and females were equally romantic and Anglo-Australian males were more causal and less romantic than their female counterparts
  • 88% of cultures showed signs of love

4. What research did Yelsma and Arthappily find?

  • women in love marriages were more positive about their relationship than those in arranged marriages
  • Those in arranged marriages were more satisfied with there relationship than those in American love marriages
  • those in arranged marriages were just as satisfied with their relationship as those in love marriages

5. How does collectivist cultures affect whether a relationship is voluntary or non-voluntary?

  • This culture tends to live in less urbanised settings so there's less choice in whom they interact with due to geographical isolation and lack of social mobility making relationships more non-voluntary
  • This culture tends to live in a urbanised setting where they are likely to meet lots of people in a voluntary way
  • Individuals are taught to interdependent and relationships should be for the greater good of the community so their community is more likely to have an opinion in whom they have a relationship with
  • Individuals in this culture are taught to be independent, so their opinion is important in deciding who they have a relationship with

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