ERIC Number: ED261947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of a Homestay Abroad on Relationships at Home. Occasional Papers in Intercultural Learning, No. 8.
Martin, Judith N.
Study findings showed that living with a new family in a foreign country has a major and direct impact on the quality of young people's relationships with parents, siblings, and friends. A sample of 300 recently returned AFS students were surveyed; 173 students completed questionnaires. The returned students assessed their communication with their parents as being significantly higher in frequency and in quality than their communication with siblings and friends. Regarding changes that may have occurred in relationships since their departure for their homestay abroad, students revealed that relationships with friends changed more negatively than relationships with siblings or parents. One fifth of relationships with friends were described as deteriorating a great deal. In contrast, only 2 percent of parent relationships and only 1 percent of sibling relationships were described in this way. Romantic attachments are especially prone to deterioration. In the cases of both romances and other friendships, the underlying cause of negative changes was often identified as the comparatively rapid maturation and increase in knowledge on the part of the returned AFS student. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: AFS International/Intercultural Programs, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: AFS International/Intercultural Programs, Inc., 313 East 43rd St., New York, NY 10017 (free).