Compiled by World Family Education
Explore more about the experience of living in another culture and find resources to help with transitions, stress, and culture shock. The list below includes only nonfiction books in English; click on the book images to read more details and links to Book Depository or Amazon for purchasing.
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Culture Shock, Transitions, Becoming Resilient
By Mariam N Ottimofiore
Do your family dinners happen in more than one language? Do you celebrate Christmas and Eid? Do you and your family feel at home in more than one country? If so, then you may be a MOLA Family and yes, this multicultural, multilingual, mobile life can get a little 'messy.'
By Debra R. Bryson and Charise M. Hoge
This book is the accompanying spouse’s definitive guide to success during international relocation. The most profound change a woman will experience when she moves overseas in support of her husband’s career comes from within herself, to her own sense of identity.
By William Bridges.
Whether you choose it or it is thrust upon you, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. Bridges explains how each stage of transition can be understood and embraced, leading to meaningful and productive movement into a hopeful future.
by Colleen Ward, Stephen Bochner, and Adrian Furnham
Crossing cultures can be a stimulating and rewarding adventure. It can also be a stressful and bewildering experience. This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Furnham and Bochner's classic Culture Shock (1986) examines the psychological and social processes involved in intercultural contact, including learning new culture-specific skills, managing stress and coping with an unfamiliar environment, changing cultural identities and enhancing intergroup relations.
by H.E. Rybol
A book for inquisitive travelers interested in making the most of challenging cultural transitions. Culture shock can leave anyone feeling disoriented and overwhelmed. With a sensitive and pragmatic approach – focusing on the person, not a place — H.E. Rybol helps readers cope with the ups and downs of adaptation.
By Tsh Oxenreider
The wide world is calling. Americans Tsh and Kyle met and married in Kosovo. They lived as expats for most of a decade. They've been back in the States — now with three kids under ten — for four years, and while home is nice, they are filled with wanderlust and long to answer the call.
By Linda A. Janssen
Living abroad offers enriching experiences of growth, broadened perspective, enhanced cultural understanding. Yet its transition-rich, change-driven, cross-cultural nature can place considerable demands, leaving us stressed, disconnected, our identity in flux. This book shows the key to successful transitions and beyond lies in emotional resilience to adapt, adjust or simply accept.
Raising a Family Internationally & Third Culture Kids
By Sharon & David Tan
An increasing number of Singaporean families are living overseas for various reasons, and their children are growing up as TCKs. On returning to Singapore, these Singaporean TCKs will have to cope with a variety of re-entry stresses when adjusting to Singapore culture, making new friends, and continuing their education in the Singapore education system.
by Ulrika Ernvik
Whether you are a parent looking for positive strategies to help your children integrate the many added facets a cross-cultural life brings, an agency wanting to support your families better, or an ATCK wanting to understand your story in a deeper way, or anyone else who cares about TCKs, there is something here for you.
By Douglas A. Ota.
Moving is one of life's greatest challenges. The largest study in educational research history demonstrates that moving harms learning. But moving not only challenges students. The experience of lost identity extends across the lifespan, also affecting parents and school staff. Firmly grounded in psychological theory and cutting-edge neuroscience, Safe Passage maps the challenges and charts a course for individuals, schools, and accrediting bodies to navigate them.
By Julia Simens.
Emotional Resilience for the Expat Child provides a step-by-step guide that is designed to increase a child's emotional vocabulary and emotional intelligence. Doing this will enable your child to achieve his or her fullest potential. The bond between an adult and child is key to the psychological health of the child. For the expatriate child, this bond is more vital than ever.
By Tanya Crossman.
Over 200 million people currently live abroad; more than 50 million are temporary residents, intending to return to their country of origin. Misunderstood explores the impact international life can have on the children of such families — while they live overseas, when they return, and as they mature into adults.
By David Pollock, Ruth E. Van Reken, and Michael V. Pollock.
In this third edition of the ground-breaking, global classic, Ruth E. Van Reken and Michael V. Pollock, son of the late original co-author, David C. Pollock have significantly updated what is widely recognized as the “TCK Bible.” Emphasis is on the modern TCK and addressing the impact of technology, cultural complexity, diversity & inclusion and transitions. Includes new advice for parents and others for how to support TCKs as they navigate work, relationships, social settings and their own personal development.
Edited by Eva Laszlo-Herbert and Jo Parfitt, contributions by Rebecca Grappo.
Your mother is Swiss, your father is from the Philippines and you have so far lived in five countries, none of them your passport country. Who are you? Where are you from? Where is home? And what did you eat for breakfast? If you are a friend, this book will guide you. If you are a teacher, it will enlighten you. If you are a parent, it will spell it out for you and if you are an employer, it will convince you. Here they are, the cultural chameleons, the young global nomads, the TCKs - third culture kids - from around the world, telling you their story.
Returning to Your Home Culture
By Melissa Chaplin
Do you want to return well? You can. Returning Well invites you into a guided conversation with your Creator that will reveal and apply invaluable insights as you reflect on your recent season of cross-cultural service. By using Returning Well, you will discover how this season influenced you, how to re-integrate well, and what moving forward in faith means for you. (Christian nonfiction)
By Cate Brubaker, Ph.D.
A fun, unique, and thought-provoking workbook designed to help you navigate reverse culture shock and find your next global adventure after living, working, studying, volunteering, or traveling abroad.
By Craig Storti.
Expecting that the home will be the way it was when you left? Are you instead shocked to discover that both you and home have changed? The Art of Coming Home offers the solid advice you need to reduce the stress of making the transition home.