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dc.contributor.authorNiesen, Caroline C.
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-03T20:47:42Z
dc.date.available2010-09-03T20:47:42Z
dc.date.issued2010-09-03
dc.date.submittedJuly 2010
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/11087
dc.description.abstractEven though many university students travel and study abroad, there is minimal literature and research about supporting these students when they return from their study abroad experience. In order to understand and incorporate the experience into the students’ everyday life, communication plays a key role in facilitating the transition back into the United States. Thus, the principal purpose of this study was to expand the research on reentry shock and communication by creating a new scale of reentry shock and testing a proposed model of variables to uncover which factor is most important (individual, interpersonal, and cultural). One hundred fifty eight former study abroad students responded to a 63-item survey about their experiences returning from study abroad. The newly created, reliable, and validated scale, the Multifaceted Reentry Shock Scale, was utilized to test hypotheses about the three factors. Even though there was a strong rationale and extant literature support for all three variables to predict reentry shock, the findings only show social support as the most important factor. The new scale provides new ways for researchers to conceptualize and measure reentry shock, while the social support variable is informative for future research as well as study abroad programs at large.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectreentry shocken_US
dc.subjectcommunicationen_US
dc.subjectinterpersonalen_US
dc.subjectinterculturalen_US
dc.subjectstudy abroaden_US
dc.subjectculture shocken_US
dc.subject.lcshForeign study--Psychological aspects--Research
dc.subject.lcshCulture shock--Psychological aspects--Research
dc.titleNavigating Reentry Shock: The Use of Communication as a Facilitative Toolen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeCommunicationen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Communication and Journalismen_US
dc.description.advisorOetzel, John
dc.description.committee-memberRao, Nagesh
dc.description.committee-memberMcDermott, Virginia


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