Does culture shock exist in 'similar' cultures
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Individuals from different cultures are having more contact with each other due to an increase in migration and the effects of this are becoming more important to assess. There are many stressors associated with acculturation such as descrimination and difficulties with language barriers and this can have a poor effect on people's health (Finch & Vega, 2003), these stressors can result in culture shock. However people from the USA and UK are often regarded as very similar in many aspects of culture and personality and much research supports this idea. However, there does seem to be a lot of non-academic evidence that there are more cultural differences between the USA and UK than the research seems to pick up on. There are also some academic sources, which claim that there are differences between the countries (Tang et al., 2002) or how the other academic sources define aspects of culture is inaccurate (Vonorov & Singer, 2002: Oyserman et al., 2002). this means that some of the research may have missed something and so the aim of the study is to explore the experiences and perceptions of cultural similarities and differences and individuals from the USA living in the UK.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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