Publication Date

2008

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Third Culture Kids (TCKs) or Global Nomads are one of many new populations that represent the globalizing world in which people have more international and intercultural experiences. This survey study explores factors that predict psychological health in American, young adult TCKs after repatriation, specifically analyzing the effects of intercultural balance (or ease of reacculturation), solid identity formation, number of years abroad, number of assignments, number of repatriations, bad experiences in the host country and parental relationships (closeness to mother and father). A path analysis shows strong, positive connections whereby both reacculturation and identity formation predict psychological health. A TCKs closeness to father positively affects reacculturation, while closeness to mother positively affects identity formation. The number of repatriations back to the United States negatively affects identity and has a direct, negative affect on psychological health. The sheer number of years spent abroad and the number of assignments abroad had no effect on psychological health.

Comments

44 leaves : ill. Thesis (Honors)--Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 2008. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 34-36)

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