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Title: Social support on international assignments: the relevance of socio-emotional support from locals
Authors: Podsiadlowki, A.
Vauclair, C.M.
Spiess, E.
Stroppa, C.
Keywords: Socioemotional support
Instrumental support
International assignments
Sojourners’ wellbeing
Support from locals
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Psychology Press
Abstract: Social support takes on a special significance in the context of sojourners. Using the matching/specificity hypothesis we hypothesized that sojourners’ satisfaction is increased if there is an optimal match between type and source of social support. The Index of Sojourner Social Support (ISSS; Ong &Ward, 2005) Scale was used to examine this hypothesis in the context of instrumental and socioemotional support for sojourners on work assignments. The results showed that (a) both types of social support are positively related to satisfaction with the sojourn, (b) socioemotional support is more important in predicting satisfaction with a sojourn than instrumental support, and (c) support from locals is the most important source of social support. Furthermore, we found partial support for the matching/specificity hypothesis: Only the amount of support from locals was a significant moderator and only the relationship between socioemotional support and satisfaction with a sojourn was moderated. We discuss the relevance of source and type of support for cultural adjustment and the importance of contact with locals during international sojourns.
Description: WOS:000322696600010 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science)
Peer reviewed: Sim
ISSN: 0020-7594
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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