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Beyond cultural boundary: An empirical study of the third culture theory
Unformatted Document Text:  Third Culture Theory 14 Pearson’s correlation coefficient was conducted to test hypotheses as operationalized at the .05 level of significance. As Table 3 showed, there was a strong negative relationship between the level of third culture and the level of culture shock in the sample (r=-.49, n=208, p<.001). This finding supports the research hypothesis at the .05 level of significance. (INSERT TABLE 3 HERE) Post-hoc Analysis Apart from hypothesis testing, the researcher conducted post-hoc analysis on the level of culture shock by respondent’s resident country, use of third language to communicate with spouse (partner), and difference of native language. As the results of independent sample t-tests indicated, there was no significant difference of the level of culture shock between respondents who live in a third country and those who live either in their own country or their spouse’s (partner’s) country (t=.68, df=210, p=.50). Also, there was no significant difference of the level of culture shock between respondents who mainly use a third language to communicate with their spouse (partner) and those who use either their own language and/or their spouse’s (partner’s) language (t=.70, df=190, p=.49). However, there was a significant difference in the level of culture shock between respondents whose native language is significantly different from their spouse’s (partner’s) and those whose language is not different (t=2.28, df=213, p=.024). For example, American English and British English are not significantly different, however, Korean and Japanese are significantly different languages.

Authors: Lee, Suman.
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Third Culture Theory
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Pearson’s correlation coefficient was conducted to test hypotheses as
operationalized at the .05 level of significance. As Table 3 showed, there was a strong
negative relationship between the level of third culture and the level of culture shock in
the sample (r=-.49, n=208, p<.001). This finding supports the research hypothesis at
the .05 level of significance.
(INSERT TABLE 3 HERE)
Post-hoc Analysis
Apart from hypothesis testing, the researcher conducted post-hoc analysis on the
level of culture shock by respondent’s resident country, use of third language to
communicate with spouse (partner), and difference of native language. As the results of
independent sample t-tests indicated, there was no significant difference of the level of
culture shock between respondents who live in a third country and those who live either
in their own country or their spouse’s (partner’s) country (t=.68, df=210, p=.50). Also,
there was no significant difference of the level of culture shock between respondents who
mainly use a third language to communicate with their spouse (partner) and those who
use either their own language and/or their spouse’s (partner’s) language (t=.70, df=190,
p=.49). However, there was a significant difference in the level of culture shock between
respondents whose native language is significantly different from their spouse’s
(partner’s) and those whose language is not different (t=2.28, df=213, p=.024). For
example, American English and British English are not significantly different, however,
Korean and Japanese are significantly different languages.


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