Coping with homesickness: The construction of the adult homesickness coping questionnaire
Department of Psychology, Tilburg University P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE, Tilburg, The NetherlandsPersonality and Individual Differences (Impact Factor: 1.95). 06/1997; 22(6):901-907. DOI: 10.1016/S0191-8869(97)00010-X
This study examined coping with homesickness in a sample of homesick adult women. For this purpose, the Adult Homesickness Coping Questionnaire (AHCQ) was constructed. Analysis of the structure of the AHCQ revealed four factors: Social Support, Positive Thinking/Distraction, Turning to Religion, and Mental Escape. The psychometric properties of the AHCQ appeared adequate. Results indicated that ways of coping with homesickness are related to diverse aspects of the homesickness experience, like length of stay in the homesickness situation, causal attributions, and intensity levels of homesickness feelings. It is emphasized that future prospective studies should focus specifically on the (in)effectiveness of coping strategies in order to design adequate interventions for homesick individuals.
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