A different kind of honor culture: Family honor and aggression in Turks

Y.M.J. van Osch, S.M. Breugelmans, M. Zeelenberg, P. Bölük

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Masculine honor has been found to explain the relationship between insults and aggression in the USA. However, detailed accounts of Mediterranean honor cultures suggest that family honor may be more important in explaining cross-cultural differences in aggression. Two studies revealed that people from Turkish honor culture intended to aggress more after being insulted than Dutch people from a nonhonor culture (Study 1), and that this effect was driven by differences in family honor rather than differences in masculine honor (Study 2). We posit that family honor may be a key factor in explaining insult-related aggression in Mediterranean honor cultures.
Keywords: honor, aggression, Turkish culture, family honor, masculine honor, insults, biculturals
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-344
JournalGroup Processes & Intergroup Relations: GPIR
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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