Relocation, need not be dislocation: an investigation and test of a model of spouse adjustment to international assignments

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Relocation, need not be dislocation: an investigation and test of a model of spouse adjustment to international assignments

 

Author: Luey, Kit-ling Elaine
Title: Relocation, need not be dislocation: an investigation and test of a model of spouse adjustment to international assignments
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1996
Subject: Wives -- Effect of husband's employment on
Employees -- Relocation -- Psychological aspects
Alien labor -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Pages: ix, 103 leaves : ill., 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1235589
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/5104
Abstract: Despite the conventional advocation of using local managers, the assignment of expatriates is still growing. In fact, Hong Kong is a good example of this trend. Expatriate assignment are costly for companies. Unsuccessful relocation failures causes losses both to companies as well as the expatriates. Therefore, the subject has drawn interest from researchers to study factors predicting the success of international relocation. One of the significant factors that has emerged is spouse adjustment. Research supports its importance of spouse adjustment on expatriate's intent to leave the assignment early. Little research, however has been conducted on spouse adjustment. Some studies have been carried out on small sample or primarily on Americans, some conclusions have not been empirically tested. Coping strategies have never been tested on the relationship with spouse adjustment. Based on the above limitation, a model of spouse adjustment on international assignments was proposed. The model investigates the influence of thirteen independent variables on three facets of adjustment. In addition, the interaction of four coping strategies were tested as moderators between independent variables and spouse adjustment. A quantitative study was developed to test the proposed model. One hundred and fifty-nine expatriate spouses living in Hong Kong, who were members of members of American Women's Association, Dutch Association and Malaysian Association, participated in the survey. Results revealed several company factors, personal factors, spouse factors and situational factors as significant predictors of spouse adjustment. Four proposed coping strategies, confrontive, escape-avoidance, seeking social support and positive reappraisal, emerged as moderators to the interaction of independent variables and spouse adjustment. Findings also showed coping strategies have different impacts in different situations.

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