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Beyond cultural boundary: An empirical study of the third culture theory
Unformatted Document Text:  Third Culture Theory 15 (INSERT TABLE 4 HERE) Discussion Hypotheses Testing The hypothesis was supported by the data. The level of third culture was operationalized as the sum of ten items consisting of equality, commonality, and transcendence of relationships experienced by individuals from international married couples. The hypothesis stated that the higher level of third-culture building people of international marriage experience with their spouse (partner), the less culture shock they feel. This single hypothesis was supported in the sample and those relationships can be generalized to the members of the “International Couple’s Homepage” from which the sample was drawn at the .05 level of significance. This finding is a very positive implication for the third culture theory because this study is probably the first quantified testing for third culture variables. Although this study could not identify the exhaustive dimensions of the third culture, it was the first attempt to quantify the attributes of the third culture and test its relationships with other variables (in this study, culture shock). The high reliability (alpha=.76) of the ten third-culture measurement items used in this study could be promising tool for future use and further elaboration. Therefore, the findings of this study can be posited as one of the very few empirical evidences for the third culture theory since it was introduced by Casmir in 1978.

Authors: Lee, Suman.
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Third Culture Theory
15
(INSERT TABLE 4 HERE)
Discussion
Hypotheses Testing
The hypothesis was supported by the data. The level of third culture was
operationalized as the sum of ten items consisting of equality, commonality, and
transcendence of relationships experienced by individuals from international married
couples. The hypothesis stated that the higher level of third-culture building people of
international marriage experience with their spouse (partner), the less culture shock they
feel.
This single hypothesis was supported in the sample and those relationships can be
generalized to the members of the “International Couple’s Homepage” from which the
sample was drawn at the .05 level of significance. This finding is a very positive
implication for the third culture theory because this study is probably the first quantified
testing for third culture variables. Although this study could not identify the exhaustive
dimensions of the third culture, it was the first attempt to quantify the attributes of the
third culture and test its relationships with other variables (in this study, culture shock).
The high reliability (alpha=.76) of the ten third-culture measurement items used in this
study could be promising tool for future use and further elaboration. Therefore, the
findings of this study can be posited as one of the very few empirical evidences for the
third culture theory since it was introduced by Casmir in 1978.


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