What are the cross-cultural experiences of Saudi sojourners studying in the United States that lead to intrapersonal identity conflict? Sojourner identity conflict is a foundational issue in culture shock and can promote or limit positive relationships between Saudi and American students. It is important to study Saudi sojourners’ cultural backgrounds and the factors that inhibit or promote assimilation into their host culture to ensure the success of cultural exchange through providing data needed to learn how to best ameliorate the dissonance caused by identity conflict. By employing a phenomenological approach, this research provides findings relating to acculturation strategies of sojourners to analyze these processes and their impact on intrapersonal identity conflict. Key themes are discussed in the areas of: perceptions of the United States, study experiences, living experiences, successful versus unsuccessful coping strategies, extent of social support networks, perceptions of the United States and its people, and perceptions of those of the opposing sex.
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Asfahani, A. M. (2017). The Cross-Cultural Experiences of Saudi Sojourners in the United States: A Study of Intrapersonal Identity Conflict. Journal of Interdisciplinary Conflict Science, 3(1), -. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/jics/vol3/iss1/2
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