How do people define themselves, and what difference does one’s self-definition make? How does culture shape beliefs and practices regarding self and close relationships? Why is honor so important in some parts of the world? My research program weaves together three central dimensions of human experience -- self and identity, close relationships, and culture -- to address these critical questions about human behavior.
In particular, I have been examining the construct of honor in Turkey and the US (with collaborators Ayse Uskul, Arzu Wasti, and Phia Salter), with a special focus on how honor and non-honor (or dignity) cultures think about and respond to honor-related situations. In other research, I have been investigating Chinese conceptions of close relationships, and how traditional Chinese values, such as filial piety, influence beliefs about and decision-making in relationships. Finally, I continue my interest in self-construal, and in cultural influences on self and identity).
- Cross, S. E., Bacon, P., & Morris, M. (2000). The relational- interdependent self-construal and relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 791-808.
- Cross, S. E., Gore, J. S., & Morris, M. (2003). The relational self-construal, self-consistency, and well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 933-944.
- Cross, S. E., Hardin, E., & Gercek-Swing, B. (2011). The what, how, why, and where of self-construal. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 15, 142-179.
- Cross, S. E., & Madson, L. (1997). Models of the self: Self-construals and gender. Psychological Bulletin, 122, 5-37.
- Cross, S. E., Morris, M., & Gore, J. (2002). Thinking about oneself and others: The relational-interdependent self-construal and social cognition. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 399-418.
- Cross, S. E., Uskul, A. K., *Gercek Swing, B., Sunbay, A., Alozkan, C., *Gunsoy, C., Ataca, B., & Karakitapoğlu-Aygün, Z.(2014). Cultural prototypes and dimensions of honor. Personalityand Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 232-249.
- Gunsoy, C., Cross, S. E., Saribay, A., Olcaysoy-Okten, I., & Kurutas, M. (2015). Would you post that picture and let your dad see it? Culture, honor and Facebook. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 323-335.
- Lam, B.C-P, Cross, S. E., *Wu, T-F., Yeh, K-H., Wang,Y-C., & Su, J.C.(2016). What do you want in a marriage? Examining marriage ideals in Taiwan and the United States. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 703-722.
- Uskul, A. K., Cross, S., Alozkan, C., *Gercek-Swing, B., Ataca, B., *Gunsoy, C., & Sunbay, Z. (2014). Emotional responses to honor situations in Turkey and the Northern US. Cognition & Emotion, 28, 1057-1075.
- Uskul, A. K., & Cross, S. E. (2019). The social and cultural psychology of honour: What have we learned from researching honour in Turkey? European Review of Social Psychology, 30,39-73.
- Uskul, A. K., Cross, S. E., Gunsoy, C., Gercek-Swing, B., Aloskan, C., and Ataca, B. (2015). A price to pay: Turkish and Northern American retaliation for threats to personal and family honor. Aggressive Behavior, 41, 594-607.
- Uskul, A. K., Cross, S. E., Sunbay, A., Gercek-Swing, B., & Ataca, B. (2012). Honor bound: The cultural construction of honor in Turkey and the Northern US. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
- Wu, T., Cross, S. E., Wu, C., Cho, W., & Tey, S. (2016). Choosing your mother or your spouse: Close relationship dilemmas in Taiwan and the United States. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47, 558-580.
- Wu, T-F, Yeh, K-H, Cross, S. E., Larson, L. M., Wang, Y-C, & Tsai, Y-L. (2010). Conflict with mothers-in-law and Taiwanese women’s marital satisfaction: The moderating role of husband behavior. The Counseling Psychologist, 38, 497-522.
Susan E. Cross
Department of Psychology
901 Stange Rd., 1347 Lagomarcino Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-3180
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