An investigation into the relationship between reverse culture shock and social support among returned volunteers
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The present study employed a correlational design to test the relationship between the measured variables of: reverse culture shock, social support availability, social support satisfaction among a convenience of returned volunteers (n=8 males, n=35 females), who participated voluntarily. The results indicated statistically significant correlations between reverse culture shock and social support satisfaction (tau_b =-.469, p<0.01, 1 tailed), reverse culture shock and social support availability (tau_b =-.289, p<0.01,1 tailed), reverse culture shock and agreeableness (tau_b =-.307, p<0.01,1 tailed), and reverse culture shock and neuroticism (tau_b =.572, p<0.01,1 tailed). Additionally an independent samples design was employed to test the differences in the independent variables of active church membership, and the measured variable of age and gender. The results indicated statistically significant results between reverse culture shock and gender. No statistically significant results were found to exist between reverse culture shock and active church membership or the variable of age. Author keywords: Reverse culture shock, personality traits, social support, returned volunteers