Examining reactance and reactance restoration with South Korean adolescents: A test of psychological reactance within a collectivist culture

Brian L Quick, Do Kyun Kim

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to extend the recent operationalization of reactance to a non-Western culture, namely, South Korea.The study uses structural equation modeling, and the findings reveal a significant positive association between controlling language and perceived threat to freedom. Consistent with extant research, a significant positive association emerged between a perceived freedom threat and reactance for South Korean adolescents. Findings from this study support treating reactance as a latent variable comprised of unfavorable cognitions and anger. In addition, in line with psychological reactance theory predictions, reactance arousal is significantly associated with a host of boomerang effects. Results are discussed with an emphasis on the role of psychology reactance theory among adolescents within a collectivist culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)765-782
Number of pages18
JournalCommunication Research
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Collectivism
  • Message processing
  • Psychological reactance theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language

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