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Coming Home: Adjustment of Americans to the United States after Living Abroad

  • Sidney L. Werkman
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)

Abstract

The task of readapting to the United States after living overseas is, for many, the most difficult hurdle in the cycle of international life. People who have lived overseas emphatically report that it is far less stressful to leave the United States and find a place in a new country than it is to experience the unexpected jolt of coming back home. As a 20-year-old woman recalled: “People pushed and shoved you in the New York subways; they treated you as if you simply don’t exist. I hated everyone and everything I saw here and had to tell myself over and over again: ‘Whoa, this is your country; it is what you are part of.’”

Keywords

United States Geographic Mobility Special Competence Culture Shock Love Affair 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sidney L. Werkman
    • 1
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of ColoradoDenverUSA

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