Family Variables in the Cultural and Psychological Adjustment of Third Culture Kids

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Third culture kids are children raised in globally mobile families who have left their culture of origin to reside in a host culture. As this relocation occurs during childhood, the child combines the values, traditions, and norms of both cultures thereby creating a third culture, a unique culture created by the parent’s integration of the home culture, the host culture, and the domains of the organizational culture. Emotional Stability was found to mediate the relationship between family of origin Expression and Composite distress. Though this was the only hypothesized model that was supported, other interesting findings include that when participants ... continued below

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Wilson, Jennifer L. August 2011.

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Third culture kids are children raised in globally mobile families who have left their culture of origin to reside in a host culture. As this relocation occurs during childhood, the child combines the values, traditions, and norms of both cultures thereby creating a third culture, a unique culture created by the parent’s integration of the home culture, the host culture, and the domains of the organizational culture. Emotional Stability was found to mediate the relationship between family of origin Expression and Composite distress. Though this was the only hypothesized model that was supported, other interesting findings include that when participants were categorized by industry, statistically significant differences were found between Military, Missions, and the Other group on all of the scales. These differences are likely due to a cohort effect, given that the military family mean age was as much as twenty years higher than the other groups.

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Wilson, Jennifer L. Family Variables in the Cultural and Psychological Adjustment of Third Culture Kids, dissertation, August 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84302/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .