Culture, Interpersonal Stress, and Psychological Distress

Takeshi Hashimoto, Taraneh Mojaverian, Heejung S. Kim

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The present study examined cultural differences in interpersonal stress experiences in Japan and the United States. Japanese and U.S. students completed a questionnaire that included measures of interpersonal stressors, the behavior inhibition system (BIS), and psychological distress. As hypothesized, frequency of interpersonal friction was higher in Japan than in the United States, whereas frequency of interpersonal conflict did not differ across cultures. BIS partially mediated relationships between culture and frequency of interpersonal friction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-532
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2012

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Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B) No. 19730386.


  • Cultural
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Personality
  • Psychology


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