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Title: Factors affecting susceptibility to emotional contagion among South Indian Hindus residing in India 
Author: Jeedigunta, Aparajita
Date: 2008
Abstract: Scholars have long been interested in the process of emotional contagion. It is said to aid in the functions of facilitating social interaction, promoting interpersonal trust, and defining boundaries for social transgressions such as indicating appropriate and inappropriate behaviors within groups. Research on emotional contagion has examined the impact of various factors such as gender, self-construal, and familial relationships, on Amricans' susceptibility to emotional contagion. Unfortunately, scholars have spent little effort determining whether or not the process of emotional contagion exists, or operates in the same way in cultures outside of America - specifically South Asian cultures. They have not, for example, investigated how cultural traits - such as individuals' self-construal - might affect susceptibility to emotional contagion in traditional cultures such as India. This study examines the link between gender, family composition, >urbanization, and self-construal and the susceptibility to emotional contagion among Hindu college students residing in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Specifically, the study examines links between the aforementioned variables and the respondents' scores on the Emotional Contagion (BC) scale, including the five subscales of the EC scale. Results indicate that gender and self-construal are significantly associated with participants' scores on the overall emotional contagion scale, and on some of its subsca1es. Limitations, implications, and directions for future research are discussed .
Description: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 46-50). vii, 50 leaves, bound 29 cm
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/20861
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.

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