Motivation and social contexts : A crossnational pilot study of achievement, power, and affiliation motives

Xu, Xiaoyan, Xu, Yangang, Mellor, David and Duan, Liqiong 2012, Motivation and social contexts : A crossnational pilot study of achievement, power, and affiliation motives, International journal of psychology, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 111-117.

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Title Motivation and social contexts : A crossnational pilot study of achievement, power, and affiliation motives
Author(s) Xu, Xiaoyan
Xu, Yangang
Mellor, David
Duan, Liqiong
Journal name International journal of psychology
Volume number 47
Issue number 2
Start page 111
End page 117
Total pages 8
Publisher Psychology Press
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0020-7594
Keyword(s) achievement
power
affiliation
personal strivings
social contexts
Summary Previous research suggests that there is a relationship between social contexts (e.g., economic growth, engagement in wars) and motives within populations. In particular, high achievement motive is associated with subsequent economic growth, which in turn increases power motive. Increased national achievement and power motives have been argued to precede social changes that lead to decreased affiliation motives, and engagement in wars. The present study aimed to examine differences in achievement, power, and affiliation motives between 266 college students in China (a nation with sustained high economic growth) and 255 college students in the USA (a nation with previously strong but now slowing economic growth, and engaged in war). Analysis of personal strivings suggested that Chinese college students showed significantly higher levels of achievement motive than the American college students, but American college students showed significantly higher levels of affiliation motive than Chinese college students. Overall, males exhibited higher achievement motivation than females. No significant interaction effects were found for gender by location for any of the three motives. The findings are discussed in relation to previous research.
Language eng
Field of Research 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, International Union of Psychological Science
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046171

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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