Work experiences, work adjustment and psychological well-being of expatriate employees in Hong Kong

Samuel Aryee, R.J. Stone

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Abstract

This study replicated and extended research on expatriate work adjustment by examining the antecedents of work adjustment and its outcomes in terms of psychological well-being. Data were obtained from a nationally heterogeneous sample (N = 184) of expatriate employees in Hong Kong using a structured questionnaire. Results of regression analysis revealed role conflict to be significantly negatively related to work adjustment, while role discretion, co-worker support and work-method ambiguity (clarity) were significantly positively related to work adjustment. Of the three hypothesized outcomes, work adjustment was significantly positively related only to job satisfaction but not to quality of life and marital adjustment. Though not the focus of this study, interaction adjustment was found to be significantly positively related to quality of life. Limitations of the study and implications of the findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-164
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1996

Keywords

  • expatriates
  • psychological well-being
  • work adjustment
  • work experiences

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