Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Third Culture Kids : Relocation Issues and Children

"A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background. These children are brought up in a culture that is different from the native one of their parents’ (first culture) and the one in which they are based (second culture); yielding this third 'cross-culture.' Even though the children are the 'bystanders' in the process of relocation, it is critical to know how they view relocations, how it can affect them and how to deal with issues before they occur." Source: Prudential Relocation Resource Center.
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Subjects: Child Development - Relocation

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