A different kind of honor culture: Family honor and aggression in Turks

Yvette van Osch*, Seger M. Breugelmans, Marcel Zeelenberg, Pinar Bölük

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Masculine honor has been found to explain the relationship between insults and aggression in the USA. However, detailed accounts of Mediterranean honor cultures suggest that family honor may be more important in explaining cross-cultural differences in aggression. Two studies revealed that people from Turkish honor culture intended to aggress more after being insulted than Dutch people from a nonhonor culture (Study 1), and that this effect was driven by differences in family honor rather than differences in masculine honor (Study 2). We posit that family honor may be a key factor in explaining insult-related aggression in Mediterranean honor cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-344
Number of pages11
JournalGroup Processes and Intergroup Relations
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


  • aggression
  • biculturals
  • family honor
  • honor
  • insults
  • masculine honor
  • Turkish culture


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