Adaptive Personality, Communication Competence and Psychological Health

Yang Soo Kim, Soon Chul Lee


Expatriate adjustment has gained wide attention because of its relevance to expatriates’ successful performance. This study examined the adaptation experience of Korean expatriates in India. Y.Y. Kim’s Integrative Theory of Cross-Cultural Adaptation offers a multidimensional system to explain the link between adaptive personality, communication and psychological health. Our analysis uses a self-reported questionnaire collected from 78 Korean expatriates. Results show positive correlation between theoretical constructs, suggesting expatriates’ personality, ability to communicate and ability to participate in the host country's social processes facilitate successful cross-cultural adjustment overseas.

    adaptive personality, host communication competence, expatriates, expatriate adjustment

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Author Biographies

Yang Soo Kim, Dept. of Communication Studies, Middle Tennessee State University, P.O. Box 200, Murfreesboro, TN 37132 USA

Yang Soo Kim is professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. As a former expatriate manager, Dr. Kim focuses his research on global competence and cross-cultural adaptation among international managers. Most recently, Dr. Kim co- authored the book Global Business and Understanding Indonesian Culture published internationally. He has published in the journal Intercultural Communication Studies.

Soon Chul Lee, Busan University of Foreign Studies, Dept. of Indian Studies, 65. Geum Saem-Ro, 485 Beon-Gil, Geumjeong-Gu, Busan, Korea

Soon Chul Lee is associate professor in the Department of Indian Studies at Busan University of Foreign Studies, Korea. His research focuses on international business in India. He has co-authored the books International Market Research and FTA and Business.

Kim, Y. S., & Lee, S. C. (2022). Adaptive Personality, Communication Competence and Psychological Health. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 21(1), 1–18.

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