Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera, associate professor of psychology, and her former student, Leslie Tan BA/MA ’11, are co-authors of a paper published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Nov. 19, 2013.
In the paper, titled, “Shared Burdens, Personal Costs on the Emotional and Social Consequences of Family Honor,” the authors present two studies on the consequences of threats to family honor. In Study 1, 99 Pakistanis (67 females, 30 males, 2 undisclosed) and 134 European-Americans (65 females, 69 males) reported a recent insult to their family where the offender was either a family or a non-family member. The insults targeted the family as collective or individual family members other than parents. Across targets, insults to one’s family had more negative emotional (e.g., more intense anger, shame) and social (greater relationship strain) consequences for Pakistanis than for European-Americans. Study 2 examined whether these effects extend to insults to parents. Fifty-one Pakistanis (29 females, 22 males) and 58 European-Americans (30 females, 28 males) responded to an insult-to-parents or an insult-to-self scenario. Insults-to-parents and insults-to-self elicited similar emotional responses among Pakistanis. By contrast, European-Americans responded more negatively (e.g., more intense anger) to an insult-to-self than to an insult-to-parents.
The journal Cognition and Emotion published a new paper by Assistant Professor of Psychology Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera and former post-doctoral fellow in psychology Toshie Imada. The paper, titled, “Perceived social image and life satisfaction across cultures,” studies the relationship between perceived social image and life satisfaction for Indian, Pakistani/Bangladeshi, White British and European American men and women. Participants completed a survey on the cultural importance of social image, positive and negative emotions, academic achievement and perceived social image. For Indian and Pakistani/Bangladeshi participants, who generally valued social image more than White British and European American participants, positive perceived social image predicted life satisfaction above and beyond the effects of emotions and academic achievement. Academic achievement only predicted satisfaction among White British and European American participants. Emotions were significant predictors of life satisfaction for all participants.
Read the full article here.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera, together with Tasmiha Khan ’12 and post-doc Arielle Selya, recently published an article in Cognition & Emotion titled, “Coping with the 10th anniversary of 9/11: Muslim Americans’ sadness, fear, and anger.’
A decade after the events of Sept. 11, 2001—which prompted an increase in prejudice, discrimination and other forms of unfair treatment toward Muslim Americans—the researchers examined the emotions of Muslim Americans in the days preceding the 10-year anniversary. They found that the anniversary precipitated intense concerns with loss and discrimination, and feelings of fear, anger and, most intensely, sadness. They also measured three coping responses—rumination, avoidance of public places, and religious coping—and found that participants engaged in all three, but especially sought solace in religion. The researchers write: “…rumination and avoidance were psychologically as well as socially harmful for the participants. Yet, participants also tried to seek solace in their religion, with religious coping being the most frequent coping response. Religious coping involved engaging in solitary practices, like reading religious texts, or more socially oriented practices, like seeking guidance from a religious authority. Because of these communal practices, religious coping probably acted as a form of social support for the participants.”
In addition, the researchers found that specific emotions explained the different coping responses. That is, sadness accounted for the association between concern with loss and rumination; fear explained the association between concern with discrimination and avoidance; and anger accounted for the association between concern with discrimination and religious coping. This study’s examination of the mediating role of sadness, fear and anger in the relationship between psychological concerns and diverse coping responses is novel, and has important implications for future research on stigma.
The article can be read online here.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera has become Associate Editor of The European Journal of Social Psychology. The journal is an international forum for original, high-quality, peer-reviewed research in all areas of social psychology. The international editorial team encourages submissions based on empirical, meta-analytical, and theoretical research. Topics covered include, among others, intergroup relations, social cognition, attitudes, social influence and persuasion, self and identity, verbal and nonverbal communication, language and thought, affect and emotion, embodied and situated cognition and individual differences of social-psychological relevance.
The European Journal of Social Psychology is sponsored by the European Association of Social Psychology. The Association contributes to the scientific communication among European and international social psychologists. For more information, visit this web site.
Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera, assistant professor of psychology, is the co-author of “Honor and Emotion,” published in the February issue of The Inquisitive Mind: Social Psychology for You (InMind). InMind is a peer-reviewed quarterly publication on social psychology geared toward a lay audience.
The article, co-authored with alumnae Martha Liskow ’11 and Katie DiBona ’11, answers the question, “What is honor?” It describes several different types of honor, including morality-based honor, family-based honor, and gender-related honor. The writers then explore the ways in which honor influences emotional experience and expressions. Findings described in the paper come from research into honor and emotion in Mediterranean, North American, Northern European and Middle-Eastern cultures. The full article is online here.
Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera, assistant professor of psychology, is the lead author of “I fear your envy, I rejoice in your coveting. On the ambivalent experience of being envied by others,” published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99(5), 842-854 in 2010.