Examining Reactance and Reactance Restoration With South Korean Adolescents: A Test of Psychological Reactance Within a Collectivist Culture

by Brian L. Quick and Do Kyun Kim

The purpose of this study is to extend the recent operationalization of reactance to a non-
Western culture, namely, South Korea. The study uses structural equation modeling, and the
findings reveal a significant positive association between controlling language and perceived
threat to freedom. Consistent with extant research, a significant positive association
emerged between a perceived freedom threat and reactance for South Korean adolescents.
Findings from this study support treating reactance as a latent variable comprised of
unfavorable cognitions and anger. In addition, in line with psychological reactance theory
predictions, reactance arousal is significantly associated with a host of boomerang effects.
Results are discussed with an emphasis on the role of psychology reactance theory among
adolescents within a collectivist culture. (download)