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ERIC Number: ED138892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
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Readjustment Problems of Brazilian Returnees from Graduate Studies in the United States.
Gama, Elizabeth M. P.; Pedersen, Paul
This is a pilot study on the readjustment process of Brazilians returned from graduate study in the U.S. Subjects were 31 former exchange scholars who were interviewed by the senior author after they returned to Brazil. The family, professional and social problems experienced by those scholars as they tried to readjust to life in their home country was investigated. Interviews were coded independently twice, over a 16-month interval. High reliability levels were obtained, which inspires confidence in the consistent rating of the taped interviews. Overall results indicated that returnees had little difficulty adjusting to life with their families except for the fact they experienced some value conflict with them, as well as some lack of privacy. Most of their problems were related to adjusting to their professional life. In that category they reported that they found some difficulty adjusting to the system as a whole, and to their role as college professors. Lack of intellectual stimulation, lack of facilities and materials, excessive red tape, lack of opportunity and time to do research was fairly common for most and they felt these were moderately serious problems. In most cases returnees felt they were coping quite adequately. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities, Inc., Cambridge, MA.; Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo (Brazil).
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil