Hye-Yoon, C. and Young-Hee, K. (2014). Cultural Influences on Help-seeking in Work Settings: Differences in Help-seeking between Latin Contexts and Korean Contexts. Asian Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 27(Issue 2), pp.p159-181.
In this article, Hye-Yoon and Young-Hee seek to find the differences in ‘help-seeking’ behaviours in the workplace between two different cultural groups. In studying Latin Americans and Koreans at their workplace, the authors have found the cause of the very different styles of practices among them. The ‘help-seeking’ behaviors among these two culturally different groups of people are attributed to their social and psychological outlook. In looking at Latin American, and Korean employees, the authors found that the social and psychological cost of ‘help-seeking,’ corresponded to the risk of ‘losing face,’ within Koreans, as compared with those of Latin American. Also, the two cultural groups view the concept of ‘in-group’ differently, as a result of which, there is further distinctions in their help-seeking behaviors.
Larin, H., Geddes, E. and Eva, K. (2009). Measuring moral judgement in physical therapy students from different cultures: a dilemma. Learning in Health and Social Care, 8(2), pp.103-113.
In this article, Larin, Geddes and Eva (2009), conducted a multi- cultural study of students belonging two distinct and different cultural backgrounds. The students, part of the physical therapy educational program were all females. While one group of students were from different religious backgrounds, the other group consisted of students who were all from Arabic background and followed Islamic religious practices. Now, the purpose of the research was to measuring the moral judgement in physical therapy in these two distinct groups, for which, the test was conducted using the Defining Issues Test (DIT). One group, representing the western culture and from different religious backgrounds, were thirty-eight in all, and were from second baccalaureate degree. The other minor group consisting of thirteen girls from the first baccalaureate were all from Islamic backgrounds living in the Arab world. Once the DIT was completed, mean scores were compared using an ancova to control age and grade average (Larin, Geddes and Eva). The results showed that the group of thirty-eight students representing the western culture did much better than the girls from the Islamic world. Even though the group belonged to different levels of study, the DIT scores of the students exposed to western culture fared much better than the other group, even over a longer period.
Holmqvist, K. and Frisén, A. (2010). Body dissatisfaction across cultures: Findings and research problems. European Eating Disorders Review, 18(2), pp.133-146.
The aim of this research was to describe; one, the existing literature regarding body dissatisfaction across cultures; and two, to reveal the kind of problems that affected the body and caused uneasiness and discomfort due to cultural differences. Also, the research studied how these problems could be mitigated. For this, the authors placed a number of previous studies based on the differing degrees of affluence and type of lifestyles in different cultures to understand the concerns of how further research can achieve a better solution to understanding how body dissatisfaction across cultures occur and how they can be mitigated. The research concluded that the level of body dissatisfaction that one experiences is highly influenced by the cultural environment in which they live. The research concluded that the groups that might require treatment and prevention when it comes to body image concerns and eating disorders are people that live in advanced countries and have a Western lifestyle.