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ERIC Number: ED407148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Living Abroad: The Adjustment of Children during International Relocation.
Alston, Enid; Stratford, Robert
This pilot study on international relocation examined the adjustment experiences of 68 children, age 9 to 11 years, who relocated to Vienna, Austria either from their native country or from another overseas setting. The study proposed an additive model of adjustment which took into account potential sources of adjustment within the relocation situation as causes of anxiety experienced by individual children. The adjustments identified were changes in language experience, physical environment, social support systems, parental behavior, and expectations toward the relocation situation. A questionnaire was developed to measure adjustment and anxiety within the relocation situation; it rated children's scores with respect to the five adjustment independent variables and their relation to the dependent variable, anxiety. Results indicated that parental behavior was of prime importance as an adjustment factor for the children. Contrary to expectations, children experiencing greater language adjustments tended to be less anxious than those whose language was the same as that of the school they attended. Differences were also found in the expression of anxiety between different cultural groups. (Contains 19 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Austria (Vienna)