Tightness-looseness across the 50 united states

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol/Iss. 111 National Academy of Sciences Washington, D.C Published In Pages: 7990-7995
By Harrington, Jesse R., Gelfand, Michele J.


"There is wide variation in tightness-looseness that is distinct from other dimensions of culture, such as individualism-collectivism" (7990).


Tightness scores were calculated for each of the 50 states. A Welch ANOVA indicated variation in tightness-looseness at the regional level, with the South having the highest tightness scores and the West and Northeast having the lowest tightness scores (p< .001). The correlation between tightness-looseness and collectivism-individualism was only moderately significant, which suggests it is a distinct construct.


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