Sojourner reentry: a grounded elaboration of the integrative theory of communication and cross-cultural adaptation
AuthorPitts, Margaret Jane
AffiliationUniversity of Arizona, Department of Communication
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PublisherTaylor & Francis
CitationSojourner reentry: a grounded elaboration of the integrative theory of communication and cross-cultural adaptation 2016, 83 (4):419 Communication Monographs
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AbstractThis paper offers grounded evidence in support of the elaboration of Kim's [(2001). Becoming intercultural: An integrative theory of communication and cross-cultural adaptation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage] integrative theory of communication and cross-cultural adaptation (ITCCA) to include sojourner reentry. Findings from 24 intensive interviews validate the heuristic value of ITCCA in the reentry context, but also reveal unique features that set reentry adaptation apart from cross-cultural adaptation. Key theoretical contributions include (1) a nuanced description of the role of reentry communication competence, (2) greater complexity of the roles and networks of interpersonal and mediated communication upon return, (3) an expansion to the environment domain to include home environment, and (4) a long-range perspective on the development of functional fitness, psychological health, and intercultural personhood. Implications for sojourner reentry training are addressed.
NotePublished online: 19 Jan 2016. 18 month embargo.
VersionFinal accepted manuscript