Intercultural Study of Personal Space: A case study
by Catherine MJ. Beaulieu, University of Montreal, Canada
The study of intercultural differences in personal space attempts to identify factors that could be helpful in guiding people from different cultures to live and work together in international ventures. The objective of this research was to measure interpersonal distance in a cross-cultural environment.
The results showed that Anglo Saxons used the largest zone of personal space, followed by Asians, then Caucasians, and as expected the Mediterraneans and Latinos used the shortest distance.
“Personal space varies when two persons from different cultures interact.”