How much woe when we go: A quantitative method for predicting culture shock

  • Lawrence R. Zeitlin


Culture shock is defined as the confusion and discomfort caused by the conflict in perceived motives and expected behaviors between the home culture and the foreign culture. Several quantitative and graphical methods employing techniques of cluster analysis and similarity mapping are offered for predicting the magnitude of culture shock between pairs of countries using data extracted from Hofstede's 1980–83 studies of national cultural values. Implications for business, politics, and personal stress management are discussed.

Key Words

culture shock national values cross-cultural research cluster analysis similarity mapping 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence R. Zeitlin
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  1. 1.Baruch CollegeCity University of New YorkNew York

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