Let it be: expatriate couples' adjustment and the upside of avoiding conflicts

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Erp, Kim J.P.M. van and Giebels, Ellen and Zee, Karin I. van der and Duijn, Marijtje A.J. van (2011) Let it be: expatriate couples' adjustment and the upside of avoiding conflicts. Anxiety, stress & coping: an international journal, 24 (5). pp. 539-560. ISSN 1061-5806

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Abstract:This research examines the moderating effect of conflict avoidance on the relationship between conflict and psychological adjustment among 45 expatriate couples at two points in time. We propose a model based on the actor–partner interdependence model, which assumes both intrapersonal and interpersonal effects, to address simultaneously the effects of one's own and the other's avoidance behavior. We found substantial support for our model, especially for expatriate spouses. As expected, and only for expatriate spouses, avoidance moderated the conflict–adjustment relationship such that both one's own and one's counterpart's avoidance behavior diminished the negative effect of conflicts. Because these effects were observed only at T2 and psychological adjustment decreased from T1 to T2, our research suggests that the impact of expatriation-associated interaction particularly manifests itself in the long run
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10615806.2011.571768
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