The expatriate trailing partner’s experience: a sample from Honduras - an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Benning, Rochelle Johnson (2013) The expatriate trailing partner’s experience: a sample from Honduras - an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. DProf thesis, Middlesex University and New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling.

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Abstract

This dissertation project explores the experience of expatriate trailing partners during a particular stint abroad. The intent of this research is to examine the adjustment and lives of these individuals as they describe and reflect upon their experiences of accompanying their partners overseas and upon how they shape their identities and formulate a sense of meaning and purpose as they grapple with being thrown into a different culture away from the supports of home. Eight participants were interviewed using semi-structured interviews focusing on their experiences of living overseas. The material was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Four superordinate themes were identified: the first detailed the impact on the expatriate trailing partners’ sense of identity; the second highlighted the process of culture shock that the participants experienced; and the third pertained to the changes to the participants’ relational world. The fourth theme examined how the expatriates’ concept of time was altered. Existing literature on expatriate trailing partners and expatriates was employed to illuminate themes arising from the results. Existential philosophical concepts also elucidated the material. The results provide great insight into this group in the absence of published phenomenological studies in this subject area. The clinical significance of the study includes recommendations for increased awareness of the difficulties these expatriates face while living overseas, particularly in hardship postings, and the need for community-building; increased individual, couple, and family counselling; and career development support from professionals who understand the lifestyle and obstacles that this group faces. Further qualitative research on other expatriate trailing partner issues as well as studies that delve into more specific aspects of this phenomenon were called for.

Item Type: Thesis (DProf)
Additional Information: Degree of Doctor by Professional Studies: validated pathway DProf Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling
Keywords (uncontrolled): Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, IPA, Expatriates, Trailing Partners/Spouses, Existential Migrants, Home, Isolation, Alienation, Identity, Culture Shock, Bad Faith, Globalisation, Thrownness, the Absurd, Relationships, Time, Unheimlich
Research Areas: B. > Theses
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
C. Collaborative Partners > New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC)
Item ID: 13695
Depositing User: Users 3197 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2014 14:36
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 05:38
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13695

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