Cross-cultural Protective Effects of Neighborhood Collective Efficacy on Antisocial Behaviors: Mediating Role of Social Information Processing

Hiroyuki Yoshizawa, Toshikazu Yoshida, Hyun Jung Park, Makoto Nakajima, Miki Ozeki, Chika Harada

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Abstract

Studies on the prevention of antisocial behavior in neighborhoods through efficacious social control have focused on collective efficacy as the theoretical mechanism by which children at the community level can be successfully socialized to develop an aversion to antisocial behaviors. We hypothesized that the effect of collective efficacy within communities on antisocial behaviors could be mediated by social-information-processing biases and tested the generality of these mediation effects for undergraduates (N = 929) in Japan, China, South Korea, and the United States, countries with widely varying cultures and political systems. Structural equation modeling revealed that the effects of collective efficacy on antisocial behaviors were perfectly mediated by social-information-processing biases. Findings also confirmed the generality of these mediational effects in all four countries investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-130
Number of pages15
JournalJapanese Psychological Research
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2020

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • antisocial behavior
  • community
  • socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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