TCK Background Research

Third Culture Kid research is a fairly new field that is small but rapidly expanding.  A search on PsychNet (a psychology research database) yielded 28 results for studies of Third Culture Kids.  The oldest study was from 1999, and all the rest were from the 21st century.  As far as I have found, there hasn’t been a study that measures the same thing I am researching- how much TCKs value different personality traits compared to nonTCKs.  There are a few studies, however, that touch on similar issues or shed some light on my research.  Here are a couple examples. [Read more…]

About Applying for PHSC Approval

My project has been on hold for a while, since I’ve been waiting to get back to William&Mary so that I can survey non Third Culture Kids here.  In the meantime, let me tell you a little bit about what has been the most difficult part of my project so far: getting PHSC Approval.  PHSC stands for Protection of Human Subjects Committee, and anyone doing a research project involving human subjects needs to apply for approval from this committee before they begin research.  Applying for and receiving approval was a very confusing process, so I’m writing this post in the hopes that it can be useful to anyone who is thinking about doing a research project in the future using human subjects.

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Surveying Third Culture Kids

I’m back from Switzerland, and after finally receiving PHSC approval (for use of human subjects in my research), the first part of my project is complete!  This was the part of my project where I survey Third Culture Kids- some from my high school in Geneva, Switzerland and some (online) from all over the world.   Part of this was surprisingly easy, and parts were surprisingly hard.

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Abstract – Perceptions of Personality in Third Culture Kids

Last fall I returned to the United States after living overseas for seventeen years.  This experience, while unusual, is not unique. In fact, there is a term for people like me- “third culture kids.” A third culture kid is “someone who, as a child, has spent a significant period of time in one or more culture(s) other than his or her own, thus integrating elements of those cultures and their own birth culture, into a third culture” (Pollock 2009).

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