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Moving Families Expatriation, Stress and Coping by Mary Haour-Knipe

Moving Families Expatriation, Stress and Coping


Moving Families Expatriation, Stress and Coping by Mary Haour-Knipe

This study is a detailed exploration of how families cope both individually and as structures with the stresses of moving to a new culture. Through rich interviews conducted over a period of two years, Mary Haour-Knipe shows the processes of change and adjustment at work. As the world of work becomes increasingly a global one, employees of governments, companies and non-commercial organisations increasingly find themselves obliged to live abroad for years at a time, uprooting their families from jobs, schools and support networks in the process. The author's findings will be of interest to students of wider issues of migration and to those who study the family under pressure.


This is a three-year longitudinal study of 28 upper-middle- class North American families who migrated to Geneva, Switzerland in the 1980s...Aaron Antonovsky's idea that individuals and families formulate cognitive, emotional and existential orientations to the world and a sense of coherence that renders stressful crises comprehensible, manageable, and meaningful provides the theory that explains successful adjustments by moving families. The extensive use of case histories and interviews explores the painful ordeal for families who succumbed to crises and the narratives of those whose sense of coherence and coordination were triumphant.. -J.H. Rubin, Saint Joseph College CHOICE, June 2001, Vol. 38 No. 10

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Publication date

14th September 2000


Mary Haour-Knipe

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


256 pages


Migration, immigration & emigration
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