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January 2017

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Marcus Dickson


The current study was designed to investigate the antecedents of perceived discrimination in acculturating expatriates. This study used an acculturation model that links the way in which a person acculturates to discrimination, taking culture distance into account. Results support Berry’s (1980, 1997a) model of acculturation when considering behavioral manifestations of culture. Interestingly, identity negatively related to behavioral manifestations, indicating that many assumptions made about cultural identity and behavior may need to be reconsidered. This brings acculturation literature into question. Results also suggest that the expatriate population cannot be lumped in with all of the assumptions made for immigrants and sojourners due to their unique position of planning to return to their home country. A cross-sectional survey with expatriates originating from a variety of countries who are now working in the United States was used.

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