Expatriate Adjustment: The Role of Conflict and Justice in Intimate Relationships

61 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2008

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Ellen Giebels

University of Twente - Faculty of Behavioural Sciences

Kim van Erp

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE)

Karen van der Zee

University of Groningen

Marijtje van Duijn

University of Groningen

Date Written: November 9, 2008

Abstract

This research examines the influence of perceived relationship justice and conflict on the psychological adjustment of expatriates and their spouses. We proposed an interdependence model - in which both ego and alter effects were assumed - to address the influence spouses exert on each other. Two hundred and six participants (103 couples) completed a questionnaire. Hypotheses were largely supported but only for expatriate partners. Expatriate partner's perception of interpersonal justice was positively associated to psychological adjustment of both the expatriate partner and the expatriate. These relationships were mediated by expatriate partner's en expatriate's level of personal conflict. Among expatriates distributive justice was a strong predictor of one's own and the expatriate partner's level of personal conflict. As expected detrimental effect on psychological adjustment were found for personal conflict rather than task conflict.

Suggested Citation

Giebels, Ellen and van Erp, Kim and van der Zee, Karen and van Duijn, Marijtje, Expatriate Adjustment: The Role of Conflict and Justice in Intimate Relationships (November 9, 2008). IACM 21st Annual Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1298580 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1298580

Ellen Giebels (Contact Author)

University of Twente - Faculty of Behavioural Sciences ( email )

Netherlands

Kim Van Erp

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) ( email )

PO Box 513
Eindhoven, 5600 MB
Netherlands

Karen Van der Zee

University of Groningen

P.O. Box 800
9700 AH Groningen, Groningen 9700 AV
Netherlands

Marijtje Van Duijn

University of Groningen ( email )

P.O. Box 800
9700 AH Groningen, Groningen 9700 AV
Netherlands

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