Situational Experience around the World: A Replication and Extension in 62 Countries

Daniel I. LEE*, Gwendolyn GARDINER, Erica BARANSKI, International Situation Project, David C. FUNDER, Victoria Wai-Lan YEUNG

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review

Abstract

Objective
The current study seeks to replicate and extend principal findings reported in The World at 7:00 (Guillaume et al., 2016), a project that examined the psychological experience of situations in 20 countries.

Method
Data were collected from participants in 62 countries (N = 15,318), recruited from universities by local collaborators to complete the study via a custom-built website using 42 languages.

Results
Several findings of the previous study were replicated. The average reported situational experience around the world was mildly positive. The same countries tended to be most alike in reported situational experience (r = .60) across the two studies, among the countries included in both. As in the previous study, the homogeneity of reported situational experience was significantly greater within than between countries, although the difference was small. The previously reported exploratory finding that negative aspects of situations varied more across countries than positive aspects did not replicate. Correlations between aspects of reported situational experience and country-level average value scores, personality, and demographic variables were largely similar between the two studies.

Conclusion
The findings underscore the importance of cross-cultural situational research and the need to replicate its results, and highlight the complex interplay of culture and situational experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1091-1110
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Personality
Volume88
Issue number6
Early online date19 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 May 2020

Bibliographical note

Prof. Victoria Yeung is the member of the International Situations Project.

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