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Beyond cultural boundary: An empirical study of the third culture theory
Unformatted Document Text:  Third Culture Theory 16 The results of post-hoc analysis were a little disappointing in some sense. Although living in a third country and using a third language were not included in the ten third-culture measures, these variables can be easily assumed to be negatively related to culture shock, as the original hypothesis was supported. However, the data did not support this assumption. The one possible explanation for this is that third culture environments (residency in a third country and use of a third language) are helpful for building a third culture between individuals but cannot be considered equal to a third- culture itself. Limitations and Suggestions for Future Study External validity might be threatened by the skewed distribution of gender and country of origin in the sample. Among 215 respondents, the number of female and English-speaking respondents was predominant over male and non English-speaking respondents. Non English-speaking members were relatively discouraged from participating in the survey because the questionnaire was written in English. Gender distribution might be a less threatening factor than language because there is no way to identify the gender distribution of actual users or members in this “International Couple’s Homepage.” However, based on the female-oriented responses, the researcher estimated that wives are more likely to be active or actual members of this website and that their husbands’ names were registered on the web because more information is required for membership. If this estimation were close to true, the skewed distribution toward women may not be a threat to external validity. However, again, there was no way to find this.

Authors: Lee, Suman.
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Third Culture Theory
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The results of post-hoc analysis were a little disappointing in some sense.
Although living in a third country and using a third language were not included in the ten
third-culture measures, these variables can be easily assumed to be negatively related to
culture shock, as the original hypothesis was supported. However, the data did not
support this assumption. The one possible explanation for this is that third culture
environments (residency in a third country and use of a third language) are helpful for
building a third culture between individuals but cannot be considered equal to a third-
culture itself.
Limitations and Suggestions for Future Study
External validity might be threatened by the skewed distribution of gender and
country of origin in the sample. Among 215 respondents, the number of female and
English-speaking respondents was predominant over male and non English-speaking
respondents. Non English-speaking members were relatively discouraged from
participating in the survey because the questionnaire was written in English. Gender
distribution might be a less threatening factor than language because there is no way to
identify the gender distribution of actual users or members in this “International Couple’s
Homepage.” However, based on the female-oriented responses, the researcher estimated
that wives are more likely to be active or actual members of this website and that their
husbands’ names were registered on the web because more information is required for
membership. If this estimation were close to true, the skewed distribution toward women
may not be a threat to external validity. However, again, there was no way to find this.


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