Culture Framework: Tight or Loose

COVID-19 tent at a Swedish hospital emergency entrance. (Wikimedia)

Shankar Vedamtam, NPR Hidden Brain host, interviewed Dr. Michele Gelfand, a psychologist at the University of Maryland about her framework of “tight” and “loose” cultures.

Tight cultures, she says, are more rules-oriented. Loose cultures are more permissive. “Countries like Japan, Singapore, Germany, and Austria tend to veer tight,” she says. “And countries like New Zealand, Brazil, the Netherlands, and Greece tended to veer loose. And of course, all countries have tight and loose elements.”
Her article “To Survive the Coronavirus, The United States Must Tighten Up”, published 3/15/2020 in the Boston Globe describes how the cultural norms of a culture directly impact the trajectory of the virus.

The empty Olympic stadium, Germany (Wikimedia).

How has your culture responded to coronavirus rules instituted to protect your country? Is it working?

Physical Therapy in Times of COVID-19

St. Lucia pediatric physical therapist, Elaine Clements, works remotely to continue therapy treatments for underserved children with disabilities. The island is under mandatory stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Elaine provides video conferencing with parents and patients using
Elaine said, “We send parents a link and they join me from their home. They show me what they are working on and I am able to tweak what they are doing and add new activities. I’m also able to see the kids in the equipment they have at home which has been useful.”
Information and Communication Technology for Development bridges gaps. TWB gives a “3 Thumb Drive” salute to Elaine and the Child Development and Guidance Center in St. Lucia.