Social cynicism is often found to associate with negative psychological outcomes, such as higher depressive cognition and lower life satisfaction. In this research, we examine the effect of societal corruption on the strength of this negative association using two multicultural datasets. Analysis of an 11-culture dataset showed that the negative correlation between social cynicism and emotional stability was stronger in societies with lower perceived corruption. The finding is replicated in the Wave 5 data of the World Values Survey, where an item resembling social cynicism negatively relates to life satisfaction, and the correlation is stronger in societies with lower levels of perceived corruption. These findings suggest that societal malice can reduce the negative impact of social cynicism on an individual’s well-being. The implication of these findings for the situational moderation of individual processes will be discussed.
|Published - 2 Aug 2016
|The 23rd International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) : Diversity, Equality and Culture - Nagoya University; WINC Aichi Conference Center, Nagoya, Japan
Duration: 30 Jul 2016 → 3 Aug 2016
|The 23rd International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) : Diversity, Equality and Culture
|30/07/16 → 3/08/16