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Crystal LaBass is a 2015 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Seattle.

Dissertation Committee

Suzanne Engelberg, Ph.D., Committee Chair
Alejandra Suarez, Ph.D., Committee Member
Heidi Vander Pol, Psy.D., Committee Member

Document Type

Dissertation

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

The number of children raised in internationally mobile families (Third Culture Kids, or TCKs) is on the rise due to a growing trend towards globalization (Hoersting & Jenkins, 2011; Pollock & Van Reken, 2009). These individuals share numerous characteristics and a distinct cultural perspective (Pollock & Van Reken, 2009). A stepwise multiple regression analysis was conducted to examine the relationship between resilience (as measured by the Conner-Davidson Resilience Scale), self-concept consistency (as measured by the Self Concept Clarity Scale), and the degree to which one has lived the TCK experience (as measured by the number of relocations experienced) in a sample of 144 adult TCKs. Results revealed a significant negative correlation between self-concept consistency and resilience. This correlation is uncommon in previously conducted research of non-TCKs. Possible explanations for this correlation are explored, as well as the clinical implications of these findings. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center, www.ohiolink.edu/etd

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