Family Functioning and Self-Differentiation: A Cross-Cultural Examination

Chung, Hyejeong; Gale, Jerry
March 2009
Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal;Mar2009, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p19
Academic Journal
This study examined the degree to which self-differentiation as related to family functioning is valued differently by Korean and European-American university students. The main findings confirm that the level of family functioning reported by European Americans is greater than for their Korean counterpart; family functioning is associated with differentiation measures (total score, emotional reactivity, and emotional cutoff) to a different extent across the two groups; and controlling for the effect of family functioning, the added contribution of a country variable explained further variance in self-differentiation. The importance of addressing the issue of similarities and differences between cultures in the assessment and treatment of individuals with problems related to their families of origin is discussed.


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