Value domains of Turkish adults and university students

Aygun Z., Imamoglu E.

JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol.142, no.3, pp.333-351, 2002 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 142 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00224540209603903
  • Page Numbers: pp.333-351
  • Keywords: cultural differences, differentiation-integration, Turkish adults, Turkish university students, value domain, values, INDIVIDUALISM-COLLECTIVISM, CHINESE, GENDER, SELF, DIMENSIONS, ORIENTATIONS, CULTURE, ROKEACH, NORMS


The authors identified the basic dimensions of contemporary values among Turkish university students and adults and explored gender and group (adults vs. students) differences in the importance attributed to particular value types. The authors administered a composite value survey to 10 1 students from different departments of Middle East Technical University and 10 1 adults from different parts of Ankara. Factor analysis yielded 5 value domains: self-enhancement, tradition-religiosity, universalism, benevolence, and normative patterning, supporting S. H. Schwartz's (1992) motivational value dimensions. Compared with the students, the adults attributed more importance to the tradition-religiosity, normative patterning, and benevolence domains. Gender similarities were more important than gender differences. The results are discussed with reference to the studies of values in the literature and prevalent social change in the social structure of Turkish society.