ERIC Number: ED257701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
State of the Art Research on Re-Entry. An Essay on Directions for the Future.
La Brack, Bruce
Although more and more people are living in other cultures for extended periods and facing both culture shock in the new environment and re-entry into the old environment, little serious study has been conducted on how people readjust to their home environment after having lived in another culture. Only in the last decade have researchers begun to define and consider the problems of re-entry and reverse culture shock. This has occurred partly because re-entry has not been perceived as a problem and partly because in some cultures admission of difficulties with re-entry is seen as unpatriotic. In the research that has been conducted there are problems, principally overgeneralizations from the samples of Americans who have lived abroad. Little is known about how different types of societies or different levels of development affect the process or how observed changes among returnees differ from normal maturational processes. More rigorous research on readjustment is recommended as well as programs to aid in the transition back from life in a foreign culture. Thus far such programs have been far less common than ones preparing people to live abroad. Syllabi for two seminars designed for college students planning to live in foreign countries and returning home are also included. (IS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (26th, Washington, DC, March 5-9, 1985).