ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 3, Issue 3, 409-422, 2012
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Considering Ethnicity and Gender Effects in Disgust Propensity and Spider and Snake Phobia: Comparing Asian Americans and European Americans

Laura L. Vernon (a) and Michiyo Hirai (b)
(a) Florida Atlantic University
(b) University of Texas Pan American

Volume 3, Issue 3, 2012, Pages 409-422

This study examined ethnic and gender differences and ethnicity by gender interactions in disgust propensity, spider and snake phobic distress, and their interrelationships. A main effect for ethnicity was found, with Asian Americans (n = 219) reporting more disgust propensity and phobic distress than European Americans (n = 581). Gender effects were modified by ethnicity by gender interactions, with European American males reporting the least disgust propensity and distress, and gender differences present only for European Americans. For both ethnic groups, phobic distress scores were strongly correlated with animal and non-animal disgust propensity. In hierarchical regression analyses, animal disgust propensity was uniquely related to spider and snake distress scores among both ethnic groups, although non-animal disgust propensity was only a significant individual predictor among European Americans. The results suggest that models of animal phobia and disgust propensity based on European American samples cannot be uniformly applied to Asian Americans. Ethnicity and gender, and their interaction, may influence the intensity of disgust propensity and animal phobic distress and their relationships with one another.

Table of Contents
 Disgust Propensity and Animal Phobic Distress
 Ethnic and Gender Influences on Disgust and Animal Phobic Distress
 Ethnicity and Gender Differences
 Correlations of Disgust Propensity with Spider and Snake Phobic Distress
 Independent Relationships of Disgust Propensity with Spider and Snake Phobic Distress

Correspondence to
Laura L. Vernon, Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458, USA.

Disgust, Specific Phobia, Spider, Snake, Cross-cultural, Asian Americans

Received 7 Mar 2011; Revised 3 Nov 2011; Accepted 5 Dec 2011; In Press 1 Jul 2012

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