American and Finnish College Students’ Traits and Interactions with Their Instructors

Daniel H. Mansson (1) , Stephen Croucher (2)
(1) University Dr Hazleton , United States
(2) University of Jyväskylä , Finland


This cross-cultural investigation sought to compare American and Finnish university students’ communication and personality traits (i.e., argumentativeness, assertiveness, Machiavellianism, and verbal aggressiveness) as well as out-of-class communication with their instructors. American (N = 286) and Finnish (N = 113) university students completed several self-report measures. The results of a MANOVA, an independent samples t-test, Pearson correlational analyses, and Fisher’s z tests revealed significant cultural differences, although the relationships between students’ traits and their out-of-class communication with instructors remained relatively similar in both samples.

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Author Biographies

Daniel H. Mansson, University Dr Hazleton

Daniel H. Mansson (Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2011) is an associate professor of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State Hazleton where he also serves as program coordinator of the corporate communication program. Dr. Mansson is interested in family communication with an emphasis on the grandparent-grandchild relationship; he also studies instructional communication, and he conducts cross-cultural comparison studies that focus on his family communication and instructional communication research.

Stephen Croucher, University of Jyväskylä

Stephen M Croucher is a Full Professor in the Department of communication at the University of Jyväskylä

Mansson, D. H., & Croucher, S. (2017). American and Finnish College Students’ Traits and Interactions with Their Instructors. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 17(3), 1–12.

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