Examinations of the Role of Individual Adaptability in Cross-Cultural Adjustment
We present the results of two studies utilizing the novel theoretical perspective of individual adaptability (I-ADAPT) theory in the study of cross-cultural adjustment. Study 1, implementing a two-wave prospective design and involving 156 international students, examined the relationships between I-ADAPT and cultural identification on cross-cultural adjustment. We found that I-ADAPT positively related to cross-cultural adjustment and that cultural identification mediated this relationship. Study 2, using a three-wave prospective design and involving 312 international students, extended Study 1 by including openness to experience as a control variable and perceived stress as an additional mediator. We confirmed the mediating roles of cultural identification and perceived stress between I-ADAPT and cross-cultural adjustment. Our results offer support for future research utilizing I-ADAPT theory in the study of international adjustment.
cross-cultural adjustment, host culture identification, individual adaptability, stress
Hua, Jing, Jinyan Fan, Alan Walker, Ning Hou, Lu Zheng, and Jason Debode. "Examinations of the role of individual adaptability in cross-cultural adjustment." Journal of Career Assessment 27, no. 3 (2019): 490-509.
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