Nonlinear Influences of Stressors on General Adjustment: The Case of Japanese Expatriates And Their Spouses
Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 38, pp. 928-943, 2007
16 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2009
Date Written: July 12, 2007
Integrating research on parental demands, learning, and expatriate adjustment, we examine potential nonlinear influences of two stressors - parental demands and perceived culture novelty - on general adjustment of expatriates and their spouses. Using a sample of 170 matched pairs of Japanese expatriates and spouses assigned to the US, we found a quadratic effect of parental demands and a cubic effect of cultural novelty on spouse general adjustment but not on expatriate general adjustment. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.
Keywords: cross-cultural adjustment; expatriates; spouses; perceived culture novelty; parental demands; nonlinear effects
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