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dc.contributor.advisorRusso, Tracy
dc.contributor.authorKidd, Mary Anna
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-03T03:17:00Z
dc.date.available2011-01-03T03:17:00Z
dc.date.issued2010-05-19
dc.date.submitted2010
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:10985
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/6986
dc.description.abstractSojourners, people who live and work overseas and then return home, face challenges. One challenge is finding someone to listen to their stories about living overseas and their readjustment. Readjustment literature explores the difficulties of readjustment, and what facilitates the process. This study focused on the challenges of talking about international and readjustment experiences after returning home. This thematic analysis was focused on semi-structured interviews with 24 returned sojourners who met specific criteria, including living overseas for a minimum of two years, and spending their formative years in the U.S.. Respondents identified potential functions of sharing including preserving memories, building interpersonal connections, managing emotions, and clarifying new understandings. Their responses demonstrate that these functions contribute to a satisfactory repatriation experience.
dc.format.extent157 pages
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.subjectCommunication
dc.subjectCultural readjustment
dc.subjectInternational human resources
dc.subjectInternational transitions
dc.subjectReentry adjustment
dc.subjectSojourner
dc.titleCommunication and the Challenges of Sojourner Readjustment: An Exploratory Study
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.cmtememberCarlin, Diana
dc.contributor.cmtememberInnocenti, Beth
dc.contributor.cmtememberPennington, Dorthy
dc.contributor.cmtememberHeilke, Thomas
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineCommunication Studies
dc.thesis.degreeLevelPh.D.
kusw.oastatusna
kusw.oapolicyThis item does not meet KU Open Access policy criteria.
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