Natalie Dube

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Cultural identity has become increasingly important as peoples’ lives intersect with others more globally through technology’s growing reach. Understanding cultural identity and the identity of others is difficult. Another increasing aspect of importance is family communication patterns and how that affects people. Current literature demonstrates the nature and importance of both of these variables. This study measured how 30 individuals’ socio-oriented and concept-oriented family communication styles interrelated with their own cultural identities and willingness to understand others cultures. The study revealed no significant connection between cultural identity formation and socio-oriented family communication style, but it did produce a nearly significant, unexpected inverse correlation between concept-oriented family communication style and one’s cultural identity. This was interesting because it produced the opposite of what was expected. People who grew up in the more liberal of the two family structures actually had a harder time with cultural identity.

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CST 431 - Cross-cultural Communication & Identity Capstone Project

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