Chapter 3: Adjustment of expatriate families: a holistic approach
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This chapter provides the most comprehensive and targeted model of expatriate family adjustment to date. It integrates the Family Adjustment and Adaptation Response framework (Patterson, 1988), the Theory of Work Adjustment (Dawis & Lofquist, 1984), and the Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems (Olson, 2000) into a holistic adjustment model of the expatriate family as an entity with positive potential, not just as a cumbersome add-on to expatriate employee issues. The resulting framework offers researchers the means to study the expatriate family as a unit and, at the same time, focus on specifics as desired. The chapter concludes with questions to investigate family adjustment and some ideas for practitioners on how the proposed model may support their work.

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