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E. Olcay İmamoğlu, Gül Günaydın, Emre Selçuk
2011; 26(67):27-43

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The authors report the results of a study (N = 341 Turkish university students) that, fi rst, tested the validity of Kernis and Goldman’s multicomponent conceptualization of authenticity (proposed in the individualist U.S. context, involving the components of awareness, unbiased processing, authentic behavior, and relational orientation) in the Turkish collectivist context; and, second, explored the relationship of authenticity with (a) gender, (b) individualistic and collectivistic cultural-orientations, and (c) basic self-orientations (i.e., relational and individuational orientations, as suggested by Imamoğlu’s Balanced Integration-Differentiation Model). Results provided support to the multicomponent hierarchical conceptualization of authenticity. Furthermore, although gender (being female), individualism, and collectivism predicted some components of authenticity, only individuation and relatedness appeared as consistently signifi cant predictors of general authenticity and each of its components. Results are discussed with reference to culture and the models on which the study is based.

Keywords: Authenticity, relatedness and individuation, Balanced Integration - Differentiation (BID) Model, individualism-collectivism, self construals, gender, culture