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Social Psychology and Society

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2221-1527

ISSN (online): 2311-7052


License: CC BY-NC 4.0

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On the Problem of Applying Sociometric Techniques in Cross-Cultural Research (with Chinese Student Groups as an Example) 1058


Verchenova E.A.
PhD student at the Chair of Ethnopsychology and Psychological Problems in Multicultural Education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

This article discusses the specifics of applying sociometric techniques in a cross-cultural con- text. While carrying out our research, we encountered certain difficulties using sociometrical techniques in Chinese student groups: despite the fact that the procedure of this test was care- fully followed, the students refused to participate in the survey referring to incorrect questions. Thus we had the task of adapting the sociometric method for Chinese student groups. The main components of our modification were as follows: creating an atmosphere of trust, introducing a coded questionnaire, giving additional instructions, and changing the wording of the questions.

Keywords: test modification, sociometry, interpersonal relations, attraction, student group, Chinese students, cross-cultural research

Column: Methodological Tools

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