Spousal Perspective of Expatriate Family Adjustment

By Dhara Shah and Daniel W. Lund.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The importance of expatriate adjustment and effectiveness is well established in the literature. While some studies have explored the influence of expatriate families on the adjustment of the expatriate worker, research exploring the whole family’s adjustment from the spouse’s perspective is lacking. The expatriate family is one of the most influential factors affecting expatriate adjustment and effectiveness, with an estimated 86 percent of expatriates being accompanied by their spouses and/or children. Research, furthermore, indicates that spousal discontentment and familial discord are highly influential factors contributing to the success or failure of an international assignment. With costs for hiring an expatriate approaching five times more than those associated with hiring a local, the importance of the entire family’s adjustment is emphasised. The present qualitative study explores the phenomenon of western expatriate family adjustment in non-western country assignments, from the perspective of ten accompanying expatriate spouses with children. The study finds the pre-departure and early arrival stages to be the highly influential on the overall adjustment of the families, as are the new-country schooling experiences of the children. Expatriates who experienced family adjustment difficulties are also found to be much less likely to consider future foreign postings. Theoretical and applied contributions for international Human Resources Management are offered and implications for future research discussed.

Keywords: Expatriate Family Adjustment, Expatraite Spouse Adjustment, Expatraite Adjustment

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.93-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 578.318KB).

Dhara Shah

Ph.D Student, Department of Management, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia

Dr. Daniel W. Lund

Ph.D Student, Department of Management, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia


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