ERIC Number: ED233268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-14
Reference Count: 0
Culture-Shock and Reverse-Culture Shock: Implications for Juniors Abroad and Seniors at Home.
Hogan, John T.
Thousands of college seniors who have returned from their junior year abroad may be enduring "reverse culture shock" or "reentry crisis." Social psychology and sociology, in the form of "sojourn research," has derived a developmental, stage specific model of culture shock and reverse culture shock, similar to the grieving process identified by Kubler-Ross. The college senior moving from the world of school to the world of professional employment experiences a form of culture shock. Many returning academic sojourners' experience the double stress of both reentry into American culture as well as entry into the seemingly alien environments of business and industry. The failure to successfully meet the challenge of reverse culture shock can result in confusion and alienation or geographic expatriation or psychological expatriation. The extreme reaction is a zealous conversion to the new culture, not unlike a cult experience. Unless culture shock is seen as a developmental crisis, a valuable opportunity for growth is being lost. Student affairs professionals can consider the implications of helping students parlay the transitional experience of traveling between cultures into a heightened sense of identity. (Author/WAS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American College Personnel Association (Houston, TX, March 13-16, 1983).