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Emotional support on re-entry into the home country : does it matter for repatriates’ adjustment who the providers are?

Lore Van Gorp (UGent) , Smaranda Boroş (UGent) , Piet Bracke (UGent) and Peter AJ Stevens
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This study examines the influence of repatriates’ emotional support providers (home country friends/relatives, host country friends/relatives, and friends/relatives with expatriate experience) on both their psychological and sociocultural adjustment on re-entry into their home country. The study builds on social identity theory and examines the mediating role of the salience of repatriates’ international role identity. Predictions are tested using a quantitative survey data of 121 repatriates. The results show a positive indirect effect of the amount of support repatriates receive from home country friends/relatives on both dimensions of adjustment through a decreased salience of their international role identity. Furthermore, analyses show a negative indirect effect of maintaining supportive connections with host country friends/relatives on both psychological and sociocultural adjustment through an increased salience of repatriates’ international role identity. The results also show a direct effect of having or not having host country friends/relatives as emotional support providers in such a way that repatriates who do not have supportive host country friends/relatives are better psychologically adjusted upon re-entry. This study raises new questions about generally accepted advice for the adjustment strategies of expatriates, such as building connections with host country nationals.
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Psychological adjustment, Sociocultural adjustment, Emotional support, Role identity

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Van Gorp, Lore et al. “Emotional Support on Re-entry into the Home Country : Does It Matter for Repatriates’ Adjustment Who the Providers Are?” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS  58 (2017): 54–68. Print.
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Van Gorp, L., Boroş, S., Bracke, P., & Stevens, P. A. (2017). Emotional support on re-entry into the home country : does it matter for repatriates’ adjustment who the providers are? INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS  , 58, 54–68.
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Van Gorp, Lore, Smaranda Boroş, Piet Bracke, and Peter AJ Stevens. 2017. “Emotional Support on Re-entry into the Home Country : Does It Matter for Repatriates’ Adjustment Who the Providers Are?” International Journal of Intercultural Relations  58: 54–68.
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Van Gorp, Lore, Smaranda Boroş, Piet Bracke, and Peter AJ Stevens. 2017. “Emotional Support on Re-entry into the Home Country : Does It Matter for Repatriates’ Adjustment Who the Providers Are?” International Journal of Intercultural Relations  58: 54–68.
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Van Gorp L, Boroş S, Bracke P, Stevens PA. Emotional support on re-entry into the home country : does it matter for repatriates’ adjustment who the providers are? INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS  . Elsevier BV; 2017;58:54–68.
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L. Van Gorp, S. Boroş, P. Bracke, and P. A. Stevens, “Emotional support on re-entry into the home country : does it matter for repatriates’ adjustment who the providers are?,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS                                                , vol. 58, pp. 54–68, 2017.
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  abstract     = {This study examines the influence of repatriates’ emotional support providers (home country friends/relatives, host country friends/relatives, and friends/relatives with expatriate experience) on both their psychological and sociocultural adjustment on re-entry into their home country. The study builds on social identity theory and examines the mediating role of the salience of repatriates’ international role identity. Predictions are tested using a quantitative survey data of 121 repatriates. The results show a positive indirect effect of the amount of support repatriates receive from home country friends/relatives on both dimensions of adjustment through a decreased salience of their international role identity. Furthermore, analyses show a negative indirect effect of maintaining supportive connections with host country friends/relatives on both psychological and sociocultural adjustment through an increased salience of repatriates’ international role identity. The results also show a direct effect of having or not having host country friends/relatives as emotional support providers in such a way that repatriates who do not have supportive host country friends/relatives are better psychologically adjusted upon re-entry. This study raises new questions about generally accepted advice for the adjustment strategies of expatriates, such as building connections with host country nationals. },
  author       = {Van Gorp, Lore and Boroş, Smaranda and Bracke, Piet and Stevens, Peter AJ},
  issn         = {0147-1767},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS                                                },
  keywords     = {Psychological adjustment,Sociocultural adjustment,Emotional support,Role identity},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {54--68},
  publisher    = {Elsevier BV},
  title        = {Emotional support on re-entry into the home country : does it matter for repatriates’ adjustment who the providers are?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2017.04.007},
  volume       = {58},
  year         = {2017},
}

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