Sensation seeking and intercultural communication competence

A model test

Lily A. Arasaratnam*, Smita C. Banerjee

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Abstract

Following findings from previous studies, the present study further explores the relationship between sensation seeking and intercultural communicative behaviours, specifically by investigating the relationship between sensation seeking and intercultural communication competence and re-testing a model introduced in a previous study. It was hypothesised that: (1) when mediated by variables associated positively associated with intercultural communication competence, there is a positive relationship between sensation seeking and intercultural communication competence, and (2) even in the presence of variables that are positively associated with intercultural communication competence, there is a negative relationship between ethnocentrism and intercultural communication competence. Survey data were gathered from participants (N= 231) and structural equation modelling was performed. The results supported both hypotheses, as well as findings from previous studies. The implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-233
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Ethnocentrism
  • Intercultural communication competence
  • SEM
  • Sensation seeking

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