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Beyond cultural boundary: An empirical study of the third culture theory
Unformatted Document Text:  Third Culture Theory 9 Hypothesis: The higher level of third culture building people experience, the less culture shock they feel. Theoretically, “level of third culture building” is defined as the degree to which the individuals feel connected to a new cultural realm beyond their original cultures throughout their interactions with individuals from different cultures. “Culture shock” is defined as the degree to which the individuals feel uneasy and uncomfortable as they interact with individuals from different cultures. Methods Sampling and Data Collection This study selected individuals from international married couples as respondents to a survey questionnaire. International couples are quite valid subjects to measure the attributes of third culture because husband and wife of an international couple typically represent two different national cultures, and they interact very closely as a married couple on a daily basis. This relational setting which international couples live in can be regarded as a benefit to this study. However, any single sampling frame cannot be expected to adequately sample international couples. Instead, a sample of international couples for this study was created from membership information provided by a non-profit private website, “The International Couple’s Homepage” (http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/4448/couples.html). This homepage is an internet space for sharing experience and information among international couples all around the world (members from two hundred and thirty-four countries). This website provided

Authors: Lee, Suman.
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Third Culture Theory
9
Hypothesis: The higher level of third culture building people experience, the less
culture shock they feel.
Theoretically, “level of third culture building” is defined as the degree to which
the individuals feel connected to a new cultural realm beyond their original cultures
throughout their interactions with individuals from different cultures. “Culture shock” is
defined as the degree to which the individuals feel uneasy and uncomfortable as they
interact with individuals from different cultures.
Methods
Sampling and Data Collection
This study selected individuals from international married couples as respondents
to a survey questionnaire. International couples are quite valid subjects to measure the
attributes of third culture because husband and wife of an international couple typically
represent two different national cultures, and they interact very closely as a married
couple on a daily basis. This relational setting which international couples live in can be
regarded as a benefit to this study.
However, any single sampling frame cannot be expected to adequately sample
international couples. Instead, a sample of international couples for this study was created
from membership information provided by a non-profit private website, “The
International Couple’s Homepage”
(http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/4448/couples.html). This homepage is an internet
space for sharing experience and information among international couples all around the
world (members from two hundred and thirty-four countries). This website provided


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