Graduation Year


Document Type

Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Arts

Primary Major


Primary Minor

Counseling Science

Thesis Advisor

Madfes, Ian


In growing diversity, social interactions between cultures can build psychological strain. Although, people value familiarity in situations such as in the workplace. The more we seek identity economy in the workplace, the more cross-cultural collaboration becomes essential, yet challenging. To evaluate how cultural similarities and differences influence relationships at work, a voluntary survey was conducted including three sets of measurements; Coworker Relationship Scale, Perceived Stress Scale, and Self-Construal Scale. From 126 self-report, quantitative data showed that relationships between coworkers of different cultural backgrounds (DCB) had greater difficulties than those who share similar cultural backgrounds (SCB). Regardless of one’s psychological stress that may assimilate within coworker relationships, the survey results showed no association between stress and coworker relationships. When independent (IND) and interdependent (INT) self-construals were considered, IND traits predicted more difficulty with DCB coworkers, whereas INT traits predicted more difficulty with SCB. Overall, IND traits had the best predictor for difficulties integrating with DCBs. From qualitative data, simplification of individuals of DCBs also initiated the result on relationship difficulties.

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