A longitudinal, naturalistic inquiry of the adaptation experiences of the female expatriate spouse living in Turkey

Bikos L. H., Ciftci A., Guneri O. Y., Demir C. E., Sumer Z. H., Danielson S., ...More

JOURNAL OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT, vol.34, no.1, pp.28-58, 2007 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0894845307304064
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.28-58
  • Keywords: career adaptability, expatriate adjustment, expatriate spouse, life role salience, mixed methods, naturalistic inquiry, Turkey, CAREER TRANSITIONS INVENTORY, INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS, THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK, LIFE-SPAN, ADJUSTMENT, ADAPTABILITY, RESOURCES, MODEL
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Using a one-year longitudinal-panel design, 32 American, female, expatriate spouses who relocated to Ankara, Turkey, were interviewed at just-arrived, 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-months stages. This project utilized mixed methods research design. Results of the quantitative, repeated measures component is reported in Bikos et al. (2007, this issue). Results of the Naturalistic Inquiry provided rich, thick descriptions of eight themes as they unfolded through the first year of this expatriate assignment. The resulting themes included predeparture preparation, settling in, impact of expatriation on the wife's life roles, social emotional functioning, approaches to coping, supportive systems, language, and interaction with the host culture. The authors interpreted the results in light of the life role salience and career adaptability constructs of Super's Life-Span, Life-Space approach to career development. In addition, results of this project integrated well with previous research about expatriate spouse adjustment.