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Transpersonal and cross -cultural adaptability factors in White European American men: A descriptive and correlational analysis


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This study explored correlations between transpersonal and cross-cultural adaptability factors as expressed in White European American men ( N = 141). In the quantitative portion of the study, participants filled out Howden's Spirituality Assessment Scale (SAS), Knoblauch and Falconer's Ego-Grasping Orientation (EGO), and Kelley and Meyers' Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory (CCAI). Correlational statistics and multiple regression analysis revealed significant relationships among the psychometric scores, particularly between spirituality and cross-cultural adaptability (r = .66, p ≤ .001; adjusted R2 = .44, F[1] = 109.13, p ≤ .001). Two subscale pairings accounted for most of this relationship: Innerness or Inner Resources (SAS-IN) and Emotional Resilience (CCAI-ER; r = .60, p ≤ .041), and Unifying Interconnectedness (SAS-UI) and Flexibility/Openness (CCAI-FO; r = .57, p ≤ .001). Demographic variables also correlated significantly with transpersonal and cross-cultural factors. For example, participant age correlated significantly with SAS-UI (r = .22, p = .008), CCAI-FO (r = .23, p = .006), and EGO ( r = -.20, p = .020). In the qualitative portion of the study, 90% of the participants (n = 127) wrote short, free-form essays in response to a question regarding the factors that most helped or hindered their abilities to relate to people who were different from them. Thematic content analysis identified 5 categories of response items, each of which further subdivided into helper and hinderer themes. Participants who scored higher on the CCAI generally listed more helper items and fewer hinderer items. Five helper themes (acceptance, openness, positive self-regard, connectedness, and empathy) frequently emerged in participant responses and bore strong conceptual overlap with the operationalized definitions of both transpersonal and cross-cultural adaptability constructs. Research results suggest implications for enhancing cross-cultural adaptability of mainstream, American institutions through the application of transpersonal theory. Findings also suggest rich opportunities for future research.

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Subject
Social psychology;
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology;
American studies
Classification
0451: Social psychology
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
0323: American studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Psychology; Adaptability; Cross-cultural; European-American; Men; Transpersonal; White men
Title
Transpersonal and cross -cultural adaptability factors in White European American men: A descriptive and correlational analysis
Author
Broenen, Paul Thomas
Number of pages
247
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0669
Source
DAI-B 67/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542714344
Advisor
Braud, William
University/institution
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3221760
ProQuest document ID
304948272
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304948272
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