The Praeger Handbook of Personality across Cultures
[3 volumes]
by A. Timothy Church, Editor
July 2017, 999pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
3 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4103-3
$280, £216, 244€, A384
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Do different cultures necessarily translate to different personalities, or are there aspects of personality that all people share, regardless of where they’re from?

This important multivolume work sheds light on current—and future—research on cultural universals and differences in personality in their evolutionary, ecological, and cultural contexts.

How does culture impact personality traits? To answer that question, the three volumes in this set address current theory and research on culture and personality in an effort to determine how people differ—and how they are alike. Detailed chapters by scholars from around the world unveil a fascinating picture of the relationship between culture and important aspects of personality. They also address the accuracy or meaningfulness of trait comparisons across cultures and the methods and limitations of research on the subject. As most psychological research is conducted on participants from Western industrialized countries, a work that includes a wide range of cultures not only fosters a more complete understanding of human personality, but also broadens perspectives on value systems and ways to live.

Each of the three volumes concentrates on distinct areas of research, exposing the reader to the diverse theoretical and empirical approaches and topics in the field. Volume 1 focuses on the cross-cultural study of personality dispositions or traits. Volume 2 examines the relationship between culture and other important aspects of personality, including the self, emotions, motives, values, beliefs, and life narratives, as well as aspects of personality and adjustment associated with biculturalism and intercultural competence. Volume 3 looks at evolutionary, genetic, and neuroscience perspectives on personality across cultures along with ecological and cultural influences. In addition to providing readers with a thorough analysis of current and future directions for research, this unrivaled work brings together multiple perspectives on personality across cultures, thereby promoting a more integrative understanding of this important topic.


  • Uniquely brings together diverse topics and theoretical viewpoints related to personality across cultures, including cross-cultural, cultural, indigenous, evolutionary, and neuroscientific perspectives
  • Provides a thorough picture of current knowledge as well as directions for future research
  • Comprises 31 chapters by leading international researchers discussing their respective areas of expertise
  • Addresses personality broadly defined to include universal and indigenous traits, personality types, the self, emotion, motivation, values, beliefs, and life narratives
  • Draws on cultural samples from every continent except Antarctica
A. Timothy Church, PhD, is professor emeritus of counseling psychology at Washington State University, Pullman. His research interests include personality and its measurement across cultures, cross-cultural and indigenous psychology, and the integration of trait and cultural psychology perspectives in the study of personality across cultures. His cross-cultural research on these topics has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Mental Health in the United States. His publications in these areas include invited reviews in Current Opinion in Psychology, Advances in Culture and Psychology, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Social and Personality Compass, and Journal of Personality. He is a former associate editor for the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and has also served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Personality, Journal of Research in Personality, Personality and Social Psychology Review, Psychological Science, and European Journal of Personality.


"Though the set is cohesive, each book can stand alone. . . . VERDICT For postgraduates or professionals in the areas of psychology, sociology, or anthropology."—Library Journal, March 15, 2018
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