The influence of perceived social support on support seeking across individualistic/collectivistic employees

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Acikdeniz, Merve, Goh, Yong Wah, Goh, Pei Shan, Watanabe, Yayoi, Noro, Ikuko, Wang, Rong, Jiang, Jiang, Kun, Agota and Jeevanandam, Lohsnah. 2024. "The influence of perceived social support on support seeking across individualistic/collectivistic employees ." International Journal of Cross Cultural Management. https://doi.org/10.1177/14705958241237735
ERA Journal ID22200
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAcikdeniz, Merve, Goh, Yong Wah, Goh, Pei Shan, Watanabe, Yayoi, Noro, Ikuko, Wang, Rong, Jiang, Jiang, Kun, Agota and Jeevanandam, Lohsnah
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Cross Cultural Management
Number of Pages21
Year2024
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1470-5958
1741-2838
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/14705958241237735
Web Address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/14705958241237735
Abstract

Greater perceived social support may influence an individual’s appraisals of their stressful situation, negative affect, and subsequent support seeking coping. An individual’s identification with the individualism-collectivism dimensions could also influence this process. We conducted structural equation modelling (AMOS) on archival data from two groups of adult workers from five countries, who were categorised by their scores on the individualism-collectivism dimensions: a highly individualistic group (n = 424), and a highly collectivistic group (n = 400). The analysis aimed to determine how levels of perceived support influenced appraisals of stress and negative affect experiences leading to the use of social support seeking for both groups. The process models representing the individualistic and collectivistic groups were compared to see whether stronger identification with individualism or collectivism resulted in a similar or different stress process. Although the conceptual models fit both groups similarly overall, there were differences between the groups regarding the indirect paths involved in the model, particularly relating to the influence of perceived support on appraisals of the threat of the stressor. Implications and applications of the findings are discussed.

KeywordsCollectivism, coping, individualism, social support, stress
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020529999. Other psychology not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Hosei University, Japan
Jikei University School of Medicine, Japan
Shenzhen University, China
Beijing Normal University, China
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
National University of Singapore
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