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An exploratory study of corporate repatriates' emotional support network

Lore Van Gorp (UGent) , Smaranda Boros, Piet Bracke (UGent) and Peter Stevens (UGent)
(2016) Euram.
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This qualitative study explores repatriates’ emotional support networks upon return to their home country and considers how these relate to their acculturation orientation. Although most scholars agree on the importance of emotional support for actors’ well-being, the sources of repatriates’ emotional support – that is, their emotional support network – remain largely unexplored. Analyses of 27 semi-structured in-depth interviews with corporate repatriates suggest that familiarity with the expatriation experience is a key attribute of corporate repatriates’ main emotional support providers. Not only people who went abroad themselves appear to be ‘expat experienced’ but also people who came to visit. Next to this, findings indicate that key emotional support providers can also be important causes of distress. Finally, the results show a major overlap between the cultural diversity of repatriates’ emotional support network and their acculturation orientation. Moreover, the results point to the importance of considering the diversity of repatriates’ emotional support network both when repatriates are living abroad and when they return. This study adds to the understanding of repatriates’ emotional support networks generally and, more specifically, shows how these networks relate to differences in acculturation orientation.
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Repatriation, Emotional support network, Acculturation orientation, Cultural diversity

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Van Gorp, Lore, Smaranda Boros, Piet Bracke, and Peter Stevens. 2016. “An Exploratory Study of Corporate Repatriates’ Emotional Support Network.” In Euram.
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Van Gorp, L., Boros, S., Bracke, P., & Stevens, P. (2016). An exploratory study of corporate repatriates’ emotional support network. Euram. Presented at the Euram.
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Van Gorp L, Boros S, Bracke P, Stevens P. An exploratory study of corporate repatriates’ emotional support network. Euram. 2016.
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Van Gorp, Lore, Smaranda Boros, Piet Bracke, et al. “An Exploratory Study of Corporate Repatriates’ Emotional Support Network.” Euram. 2016. Print.
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  abstract     = {This qualitative study explores repatriates{\textquoteright} emotional support networks upon return to their home country and considers how these relate to their acculturation orientation. Although most scholars agree on the importance of emotional support for actors{\textquoteright} well-being, the sources of repatriates{\textquoteright} emotional support -- that is, their emotional support network -- remain largely unexplored. Analyses of 27 semi-structured in-depth interviews with corporate repatriates suggest that familiarity with the expatriation experience is a key attribute of corporate repatriates{\textquoteright} main emotional support providers. Not only people who went abroad themselves appear to be {\textquoteleft}expat experienced{\textquoteright} but also people who came to visit. Next to this, findings indicate that key emotional support providers can also be important causes of distress. Finally, the results show a major overlap between the cultural diversity of repatriates{\textquoteright} emotional support network and their acculturation orientation. Moreover, the results point to the importance of considering the diversity of repatriates{\textquoteright} emotional support network both when repatriates are living abroad and when they return. This study adds to the understanding of repatriates{\textquoteright} emotional support networks generally and, more specifically, shows how these networks relate to differences in acculturation orientation.},
  author       = {Van Gorp, Lore and Boros, Smaranda and Bracke, Piet and Stevens, Peter},
  booktitle    = {Euram},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Paris/ France},
  title        = {An exploratory study of corporate repatriates' emotional support network},
  year         = {2016},
}