Third Culture Kids, Revised Edition : The Experience of Growing up among Worlds

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-16
  • Publisher: Quercus

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For more than a decade, Third Culture Kids has been the authority on "TCKs"-children of expatriates, missionaries, military personnel and others who live and work abroad. With a significant part of their developmental years spent outside of their passport country, TCKs create their own, unique "third" cultures. Authors Pollock and Van Reken pioneered the TCK profile, which brought to light the emotional and psychological realities that come with the TCK journey, often resulting in feelings of rootlessness and grief but also in increased confidence and ability to interact with many cultures.

Author Biography

Ruth E. Van Reken, herself a second generation adult TCK and a parent and grandparent of TCKs, travels the world lecturing about the TCK experience. She is co-founder of the annual international Families in Global Transition conference and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. David C. Pollock, a founding member of Global Nomads International, worked with TCKs and adult TCKs for more than twenty years, conducting innumerable seminars, conferences and consultations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Understanding the World of TCKsp. 1
Where Is Home? Erika's Storyp. 3
Who Are "Third Culture Kids"?p. 13
Who Are "Cross-Cultural Kids?p. 27
Why a Cross-Cultural Childhood Mattersp. 39
Why High Mobility Mattersp. 63
The TCK Profilep. 85
Benefits and Challengesp. 87
Personal Characteristicsp. 99
Practical Skillsp. 111
Rootlessness and Restlessnessp. 123
Relational Patternsp. 131
Developmental Issuesp. 141
Unresolved Griefp. 159
Maximizing the Benefitsp. 167
Building a Strong Foundationp. 169
Dealing with Transitionp. 179
Meeting Educational Needsp. 195
Enjoying the Journeyp. 217
Coming "Home": Reentryp. 225
How Sponsoring Organizations Can Helpp. 239
It's Never Too Latep. 249
Epiloguep. 267
Adult Third Culture Kids Survey Resultsp. 269
Comparing Third Culture Kids and Kaigai/Kikoku-Shijosp. 279
Tribute: Remembering David C. Pollock, 1939-2004p. 287
Notesp. 289
Resources For TCKs, ATCKs, and their Familiesp. 297
Indexp. 301
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