2013．第20卷第1及2期（Vol. 20 Nos. 1 & 2）．pp. 1–31
Psychological Health of Expatriate Spouses: A Neglected Factor in International Relocation
Deborah L. WIESE
Little research exists on the emotional health of expatriate spouses in international relocation. This study clarified how primary constructs identified in the expatriate research (e.g., cultural differences, personality, social support) and theories of voluntariness related to the psychological health of expatriate spouses in Hong Kong. Using hierarchical regression, psychological health emerged as a relevant outcome in relocation as well as a mediator of the relationship between other variables and intent to stay in the international setting. In support of hypotheses, social support mediated the relationship between personality and psychological health. The relationship between voluntariness and intent to stay, as well as that of social support and intent to stay, appeared to be fully mediated by psychological health. This study clarifies prior research, identifying psychological health as a route through which other variables may impact intent to stay in the international setting. Findings have implications for counselors working with families relocating internationally and warrant more attention to ways to enhance the psychological health of expatriate spouses in international settings.
Keywords: psychological health; social support; international relocation; expatriate spouses; adjustment