Emotional support on re-entry into the home country: Does it matter for repatriates' adjustment who the providers are?
|dc.contributor.author||Van Gorp, Lore|
|dc.description.abstract||This study examines the influence of repatriates' emotional support providers (home country friends/relatives, host country friends/relatives, and friends/relatives with expatriate experience) on both their psychological and sociocultural adjustment on re-entry into their home country. The study builds on social identity theory and examines the mediating role of the salience of repatriates' international role identity. Predictions are tested using a quantitative survey data of 121 repatriates. The results show a positive indirect effect of the amount of support repatriates receive from home country friends/relatives on both dimensions of adjustment through a decreased salience of their international role identity. Furthermore, analyses show a negative indirect effect of maintaining supportive connections with host country friends/relatives on both psychological and sociocultural adjustment through an increased salience of repatriates' international role identity. The results also show a direct effect of having or not having host country friends/relatives as emotional support providers in such a way that repatriates who do not have supportive host country friends/relatives are better psychologically adjusted upon re-entry. This study raises new questions about generally accepted advice for the adjustment strategies of expatriates, such as building connections with host country nationals.|
|dc.title||Emotional support on re-entry into the home country: Does it matter for repatriates' adjustment who the providers are?|
|dc.identifier.journal||International Journal of Intercultural Relations|
|vlerick.knowledgedomain||People Management & Leadership|
|vlerick.typearticle||Journal article with impact factor|