Although much has been done in the study of values several important questions relative to the study of values remain. This thesis discusses the questions of what happens to the value systems of those who leave their culture for extended periods of time, do the perceptions of value systems become more accurate after exposure, and how does religiosity affect value systems.
The study was based on the idea that each of the cultures being tested (Latin and United States) had a distinct, general value system which differentiated it from the other and yet unified the individuals within it. In this particular study this was not true. However, the possible reasons for this occurrance suggest some intriguing questions for further study. It is possible for example, that these results occurred because the sample group contained all LDS individuals and that this similarity in religion caused more similarity than culture caused differences between the sample groups. Also there was an indication that it is easier to differentiate cultures on the basis of their stereotypes of each other than on the basis of their value systems.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Communications
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Bradford, Lisa, "A Cluster Analytic Study in Intercultural Communication of Rokeach's Intrumental Values Among LDS Returned Missionaries" (1986). Theses and Dissertations. 4545.
Mormon missionaries, Values, Milton Rokeach, Nature of human values