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Beyond cultural boundary: An empirical study of the third culture theory
Unformatted Document Text:  Third Culture Theory 22 Table 2. Means and standard deviations for third culture, culture shock, and demographic variables (age and years of marriage). Variables Mean Std. Deviation N Third culture** 39.34 5.09 208 Do not attempt to persuade my cultural values over my spouse.* 3.65 1.04 215 Try to gain my spouse’s approval whenever possible.* 3.62 .86 214 Fully respect the cultural values held by my spouse.* 4.42 .69 215 My spouse and I share a lot in common.* 4.10 .90 215 My spouse and I enjoy the similarity between our cultures.* 3.77 .88 215 My spouse and I share some private way(s) of communicating each other.* 4.19 .82 215 My spouse and I are trying to adopt each other’s culture.* 3.52 1.04 213 My spouse and I enjoy something different from out original cultures.* 4.29 .65 214 My spouse and I are willing to negotiate meaning when we misunderstand each other.* 4.13 .78 213 Cultural differences between my spouse and I are no longer an obstacle to our relationships.* 3.66 1.24 215 Culture shock** 12.27 4.45 215 Things are not what they seem to be; I am worried about the future.* 2.38 1.25 215 Nothing seems to work the way it is supposed to be; I am frustrated.* 1.87 1.11 215 I feel depressed whenever I realize it difficult to overcome cultural gap between us.* 2.23 1.15 215 Sometimes I am very surprised at my spouse’s unexpected responses or behavior.* 3.16 1.14 215 Sometimes I feel dissatisfied with communicating with my spouse because of language barrier. * 2.63 1.40 215 Age*** 32.25 7.31 208 Years of marriage*** 3.86 4.97 169 * Responses were coded: 5=strongly agree, 4=agree, 3=neutral, 3=disagree, 1=strongly disagree. ** Values were calculated by the sum of sub-items ranging from 16 to 50 for third-culture, ranging from 5 to 25 for culture shock (Cronbach alpha for third culture, .76 and for culture shock, .79). ***Number of years, ranging from 22 to 53 for Age, ranging from 1.08 to 22 for Years of marriage.

Authors: Lee, Suman.
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Table 2. Means and standard deviations for third culture, culture shock, and demographic
variables (age and years of marriage).
Variables
Mean
Std. Deviation
N

Third culture**
39.34
5.09
208
Do not attempt to persuade my cultural values over my spouse.*
3.65
1.04
215
Try to gain my spouse’s approval whenever possible.*
3.62
.86
214
Fully respect the cultural values held by my spouse.*
4.42
.69
215
My spouse and I share a lot in common.*
4.10
.90
215
My spouse and I enjoy the similarity between our cultures.*
3.77
.88
215
My spouse and I share some private way(s) of
communicating each other.*
4.19
.82
215
My spouse and I are trying to adopt each other’s culture.*
3.52
1.04
213
My spouse and I enjoy something different from out original
cultures.*
4.29
.65
214
My spouse and I are willing to negotiate meaning when we
misunderstand each other.*
4.13
.78
213
Cultural differences between my spouse and I are no longer
an obstacle to our relationships.*
3.66
1.24
215

Culture shock**
12.27
4.45
215
Things are not what they seem to be;
I am worried about the future.*
2.38
1.25
215
Nothing seems to work the way it is supposed to be;
I am frustrated.*
1.87
1.11
215
I feel depressed whenever I realize it difficult to overcome
cultural gap between us.*
2.23
1.15
215
Sometimes I am very surprised at my spouse’s unexpected
responses or behavior.*
3.16
1.14
215
Sometimes I feel dissatisfied with communicating with
my spouse because of language barrier. *
2.63
1.40
215

Age***
32.25
7.31
208

Years
of
marriage***
3.86
4.97
169
* Responses were coded: 5=strongly agree, 4=agree, 3=neutral, 3=disagree, 1=strongly disagree.
** Values were calculated by the sum of sub-items ranging from 16 to 50 for third-culture, ranging from 5
to 25 for culture shock (Cronbach alpha for third culture, .76 and for culture shock, .79).
***Number of years, ranging from 22 to 53 for Age, ranging from 1.08 to 22 for Years of marriage.


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