Sojourner Culture Shock: Assessing the Role of Exposure in Intrapersonal Identity Conflict

  • Asfahani A
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Abstract

This research assesses the relationship between intercultural exposure variables—the length of time spent in the United States, the length of previous experience outside Saudi Arabia, the length of time studying English as a second language, and the frequency and nature of interactions with Americans—and intrapersonal identity conflict. To assess this relationship, the researcher conducted a survey of Saudi Arabian students studying in the United States, which collected information on exposure variables, as well as employing Leong and Ward’s (2000) Ethno-Cultural Identity Conflict Scale (EICS). A Pearson correlation test was conducted to examine the relationship between the Saudi sojourners’ intercultural exposure and their identity conflict scores to conclude that there is not a relationship between exposure and identity conflict.

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Asfahani, A. M. (2017). Sojourner Culture Shock: Assessing the Role of Exposure in Intrapersonal Identity Conflict. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 9(3), 12. https://doi.org/10.5539/ijps.v9n3p12

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