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Another look at family adjustment

Haslberger, A., Hippler, T. and Brewster, C. (2015) Another look at family adjustment. In: Mäkelä, L. and Suutari, V. (eds.) Work and Personal Life Interface in the International Career Context. Springer, Berlin, pp. 53-70. ISBN 9783319176468

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This chapter argues that in the international career context there is a need to conceptualise the adjustment of the family unit holistically. We discuss what that means and how it can be done. We note that to date the family has almost always been conceptualised as a hindrance to or a support for the working expatriate. However, in international assignments the family as a whole is expatriated and the family may become part of the expatriate resources with the line between work and family/personal life blurring. We draw on the Family Adjustment and Adaptation Response (FAAR) literature to argue that previous conceptions of adjustment have failed to capture the complexity of the process from the family perspective and we use that literature to develop our understanding of the process of adjustment of the family unit and suggest ways forward.

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