Cross-cultural comparison of need importance and need satisfaction during adolescence: Turkey and the United States

1997-09-01
Hortacsu, N
Turkish and U.S. adolescents' views concerning the importance of different needs and instrumentality of relationships with mothers, fathers, siblings, and same-sex friends for need satisfaction were examined and compared. Questionnaires covered needs related to crucial issues of adolescence, namely, relatedness and autonomy/individuation. Participants were 12- to 17-year-old boys and girls from intact families. Cross-cultural differences in ascribed importance of needs related to some aspects of relatedness and autonomy/individuation emerged. Cross-cultural similarities in ascribed importance of needs related to feelings of basic acceptance and need for self-understanding/development also emerged. Turkish adolescents perceived mothers as more instrumental for need satisfaction than did U.S. adolescents. Gender differences in importance ascribed to different needs also emerged. Cross-cultural differences were consistent with differences in predominant values and modal family dynamics of the respective countries.
JOURNAL OF GENETIC PSYCHOLOGY

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Citation Formats
N. Hortacsu, “Cross-cultural comparison of need importance and need satisfaction during adolescence: Turkey and the United States,” JOURNAL OF GENETIC PSYCHOLOGY, pp. 287–296, 1997, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/63342.