When home isn’t home: a study of homesickness and coping strategies among migrant workers and expatriates

Hack-polay, Dieu (2012) When home isn’t home: a study of homesickness and coping strategies among migrant workers and expatriates. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 4 (3). pp. 62-72. ISSN 1918-7211

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This paper addresses, homesickness, an important issue in the area of international human resource management. It uses psychological and sociological literature to highlight the negative effects of homesickness on migrant workers and expatriates. These effects range from psychological disruptions to physical manifestations that affect the health and welfare of individuals and impact on work performance. The paper presents a model of coping strategies used by expatriates to deal with homesickness. This model is built on the empirical evidence collected. It concludes that there is significant amount of evidence found to substantiate that homesickness is an illness and detrimental to psychological and social well-being. It is crucial that further research is undertaken in this area as affecting expatriates because the size of the investment in expatriates commands that risks of failure are minimized.

Keywords:homesickness, migrants, expatriates, adjustment, multinationals
Subjects:L Social studies > L390 Sociology not elsewhere classified
N Business and Administrative studies > N600 Human Resource Management
N Business and Administrative studies > N120 International Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:18603
Deposited On:12 Sep 2015 18:26

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