Written in a conversational style that transforms complex ideas into accessible ones, this international best-selling textbook provides an interdisciplinary review of the theories and research in cross‐cultural psychology. The text’s unique critical thinking framework, including Critical Thinking boxes, helps students develop analytical skills. Exercises interspersed throughout promote active learning and encourage class discussion. Case in Point sections review controversial issues and opinions about behavior in different cultural contexts. Cross‐Cultural Sensitivity boxes underscore the importance of empathy in communication. Numerous applications prepare students for working in various multicultural contexts such as teaching, counseling, health care, and social work.

New to the 7th Edition:

  • over 190 recent references, particularly on studies of non-Western regions such as the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as the United States and Europe.
  • broader discussion of gender roles and health behaviors across cultures.
  • new discussions related to the psychological fallout of both globalization and anti-globalization tendencies.
  • greater attention shifted from general psychological theories to specific challenges of cross-cultural psychology.
  • new or revised chapter openings that draw upon current events.
  • more examples related to the experiences of international students in the United States and indigenous people.
  • updated figures, tables, and graphs that are also available for download for instructors to utilize in their online teaching.
  • new research on global trends, nationalism, gender, race, religious beliefs, parenting styles, sexual orientation, ethnic identity and stereotypes, immigration, intelligence, substance abuse, states of consciousness, DSM-5, cultural customs, evolutionary psychology, treatment of psychological disorders, and acculturation.
  • online resources for instructors and students.

The dynamic author team brings a diverse set of experiences in writing this text that provides cross-cultural perspectives on topics such as sensation, perception, consciousness, intelligence, human development, emotion, motivation, social perception, personality, psychological disorders, and various applied topics.

chapter Chapter 1|39 pages

Understanding Cross-Cultural Psychology

chapter Chapter 2|52 pages

Critical Thinking in Cross-Cultural Psychology

chapter Chapter 3|39 pages

Methodology of Cross-Cultural Research

chapter Chapter 5|45 pages


chapter Chapter 6|39 pages


chapter Chapter 7|36 pages

Motivation and Behavior

chapter Chapter 8|42 pages

Human Development and Socialization

chapter Chapter 9|46 pages

Psychological Disorders

chapter Chapter 11|31 pages

Personality and the Self

chapter Chapter 12|31 pages

Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology: Some Highlights