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Title: The nature and consequences of topic avoidance in Chinese and Taiwanese close relationships
Authors: 林淑芳
Zhang, Shuangyue;Merolla, Andy J.;Sun, Shaojing;Lin, Shu‐Fang
Contributors: 廣告系
Date: 2012-09
Issue Date: 2019-02-15 12:00:48 (UTC+8)
Abstract: Two studies examined topic avoidance in Chinese and Taiwanese opposite‐sex friendships and romantic relationships. Five areas of topic avoidance emerged through analytic induction and cluster analysis: negative appraisal, relational issues, sexual issues, politics, and personal experience. Partner protection, negative relational impact, and self inefficacy emerged as the most common reasons for avoidance. Results revealed that friends, relative to romantic partners, engaged in higher levels of topic avoidance. Taiwanese participants, moreover, avoided discussing politics to a greater extent than did mainland Chinese participants. Lacking closeness was the main reason behind avoidance of political discussion. Topic avoidance was also linked to relationship quality, as relational satisfaction negatively predicted relational issue avoidance and topic avoidance breadth (i.e. the number of topics regularly avoided in the relationship). The authors explain these and other findings based on Chinese cultural codes and historically‐embedded concepts that shape interpersonal interaction.
Relation: Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Vol.15, pp.156-166
Data Type: article
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