Date of Award

12-2011

Degree Name

Master of Music

Department

Music

First Advisor

Dr. Brian L. Wilson

Second Advisor

Dr. Edward A. Roth

Third Advisor

Dr. David S. Smith

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to (1) assess the existence and severity of reverse cultural shock in international music therapy professionals from the Asia Pacific Rim area who relocate/established their professional practices back home after obtaining formal music therapy training In the United States, (2) understand their reentry experience by exploring the relationships between reverse cultural shock experienced and reentry satisfaction, and (3) investigate the relationship between reverse cultural shock experienced and re-adaptation to home culture on a personal level. Invitations to participate in an on-line survey are sent to 236 music therapists who could potentially meet the criteria for inclusion in the study. Of these, 42 music therapists respond to the survey. Results find that most participants experienced some degree of reverse cultural shock during their reentry back to their home country. The Pearson Correlation Test reveals that there was a weak negative correlation between the severity of reverse cultural shock experienced and level of reentry satisfaction, and little (if any) negative correlation between re-adaptation to home culture on a personal level and severity of reverse cultural shock experienced. The transfer and application of music therapy knowledge and skills learned in the United States to the professional practice back in participants' home cultural environment is also investigated. Recommendations are made for further research on the topic.

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