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The work of cultural transition: an emerging model
Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland & Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Sport Health and Physical activity.
Exercise, Health and Technology Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
2016 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 7, no 427Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In today’s uncertain, fluid job market, transnational mobility has intensified. Though the concept of cultural transition is increasingly used in sport and career research, insight into the processes of how individuals produce their own development through work and relationships in shifting cultural patterns of meaning remains limited. The transnational industry of sports, in which athletes’ psychological adjustment to cultural transitions has implications for both performance and meaningful life, serves as a backdrop for this article. This study applied the life story method to interviews with 15 professional and semi-professional athletes, focusing particularly on the cultural transition aspect of their transnational athletic careers. The aims of the study were to identify the developmental tasks of cultural transitions and strategies/mechanisms through which cultural transitions were enacted. Three underlying mechanisms of the transition process that assisted athletic career adaptability were social repositioning, negotiation of cultural practices, and meaning reconstruction. Based on the data analyses, a temporal model of cultural transition is proposed. The results of this research provide professionals working in the fields of career counseling and migrant support with a content framework for enhancing migrant workers’ adaptabilities and psychological wellbeing. © 2016 Ryba, Stambulova and Ronkainen

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Lausanne: Frontiers Research Foundation , 2016. Vol. 7, no 427
Keyword [en]
athletic career, career construction, transitions, adaptability, migration, transnationalism, decent work
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30721DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00427ISI: 000372752300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84963690570OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-30721DiVA: diva2:918114
Available from: 2016-04-10 Created: 2016-04-10 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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