Testing a theoretical model for examining the relationship between family adjustment and expatriates' work adjustment

Paula M. Caligiuri, Mary Anne M. Hyland, Aparna Joshi, Allon S. Bross

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Abstract

Based on theoretical perspectives from the work/family literature, this study tested a model for examining expatriate families' adjustment while on global assignments as an antecedent to expatriates' adjustment to working in a host country. Data were collected from 110 families that had been relocated for global assignments. Longitudinal data, assessing family characteristics before the assignment and cross-cultural adjustment approximately 6 months into the assignment, were coded. This study found that family characteristics (family support, family communication, family adaptability) were related to expatriates' adjustment to working in the host country. As hypothesized, the families' cross-cultural adjustment mediated the effect of family characteristics on expatriates' host-country work adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-614
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume83
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

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