Accession Number : ADA118958

Title :   Simpatia as a Cultural Script of Hispanics.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Triandis,Harry C ; Marin,Gerardo ; Betancourt,Hector ; Lisansky,Judith ; Chang,Bei-Hung

PDF Url : ADA118958

Report Date : Aug 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : A cultural script is a pattern of social interaction which is characteristic of a particular cultural group. Simpatia, and its component harmony, or the emphasis on positive behaviors in positive situations (e.g., complimenting somebody who has done a good job) and the de-emphasis of negative behaviors in negative situations (e.g., criticising) may be a Hispanic cultural script. Lower status individuals are not supposed to show aggression even when their rights are taken away. The data indicate that Hispanic recruits expect more positive behaviors in positive social situations and de-emphasize the appropriateness of negative behaviors in situations of conflict, particularly when the actor is of lower status. The implications of these findings for the Navy is that Hispanics are likely to have higher levels of expectations concerning the appropriateness of positive behaviors (e.g., receiving a compliment if they do a good job) than Mainstream recruits. Thus, they will feel underrewarded in situations where they do a good job. Conversely, they will expect less expression of criticism from lower status individuals, and therefore even mild criticism from such individuals might be seen as extreme criticism. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Hispanics, *Culture, Behavior, Recruits, Naval personnel, Social psychology

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE