Predictors of reentry shock in American adolescents who have lived overseas

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James O'Leary Fuller (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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William W. Purkey

Abstract: This study was designed to assess the relation between four independent variables: [(l)time overseas, (2)level of psychosocial development, (3) depth of acculturation to a host country, and (4) family functioning] and the amount of reentry shock an adolescent experiences upon return to the United States. The sample was comprised of 87 adolescents, 26 males and 61 females. Each respondent completed a demographic questionnaire and four assessment scales. The Measures of Psychosocial Development (Hawley, 1988) was administered to measure participants' levels of psychosocial development. An adapted version of the Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican- Americans (Cuellar, Harris, & Jasso, 1980) was administered to measure depth of acculturation to the host culture. The General Functioning Scale of the McMaster Family Assessment Device (Epstein, Baldwin, & Bishop, 1988) was administered to measure healthy or unhealthy family functioning. And the Homecomer's Culture Shock Scale (Fray, 1988) was to measure Reentry Shock. Information regarding Time Overseas was taken from the demographic questionnaire.

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Language: English
Date: 1994
Reverse culture shock
Acculturation $z United States
Adjustment (Psychology) in adolescence

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