The Psychological Impact of Expatriate Relocation on Partners

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This paper reports upon a study of the psychological impact of relocation on partners of fifty-eight expatriate and repatriate managers. The study examined associations for several factors, namely company assistance, culture shock experienced, perceived cultural distance between home and host countries and personal factors, with partners’ psychological adjustment to relocation. The most important positive predictor of psychological adjustment was found to be company assistance. Also, general support for a process of phases in psychological adjustment to relocation was found, although not following the postulated curve. Increased recognition of the importance of the factors examined here and their role in the process of psychological adjustment to relocation is recommended for expatriates and their organizations alike.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-414
Number of pages38
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1991

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