Culture on self-understanding, values and well-being



For this survey, the focus was on self-understanding cultural differences between South and North European cultures and on whether and how such differences may impact one’s self-esteem assessments and psychological well being.

Data collection concluded: 01/05/2007

Description: The study examined the notion that culture influences the understanding of the ‘ideal’ self which in turns defines the ways it contributes to positive psychological function (self-evaluation, self-esteem, well-being feelings). The critical question is whether an individual posses an ‘independent’ or ‘interdependent’ self. In other words how people in their self-descriptions understands their ‘I’ feeling and whether and how they relate it to  ‘other(s)’ in . The Self-with-Other relationship, especially the ‘close-others’, is one of the most reliable ways to identify important cultural differences.

The study involved both older children (8-11 years old) and adult participants

Project staff

Katerina Pouliasi & Maykel Verkuyten

ercomer Organization: ERCOMER, Universirty of Utrecht


In our current workshops: We enrich our workshops with our scientific findings and set up a variety of situations  so that participants can to test and train their potential multi-cultural competence in various domains

This project resulted in the scientific publication: Pouliasi, K., & Verkuyten, M. (2011). Self-evaluations, psychological well-being, and cultural context: The changing Greek society. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology; 42, 875-890

Also, presented in international conferences or discussed in other organisations and universities.

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