IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(5): 360-365 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.126

Sense of Place on Expatriate Mental Health in Malaysia

Mehran Rostamzadeh, R. N. Anantharaman, and David Yoon Kin Tong

Abstract—We propose that sense of place effects on mental health or psychological adjustment among expatriates. The dominant trend in previous studies of expatriates’ adjustment was influenced by management and organizational psychology, which are not a wide-eyed sight to the problem. Filling the gap needs to create a new systematic approach supported by different disciplines. This research is an interdisciplinary study which reconciles environmental psychology, cross-cultural psychology, organizational psychology, management and clinical psychology to observe the expatriation from different angles. The results conclude significant relationship between sense of place and mental disorders among expatriates in Malaysia. The results notify government of Malaysia (GOM) to create a positive sense of place for expatriates by selecting the certain strategies.

Index Terms—Sense of place, mental health, expatriate, psychological adjustment.

The authors are with the Faculty of Business and Law, Multimedia University, Malaysia (e-mail: m_rostamzadeh@yahoo.com, r.n.anantharaman@mmu.edu.my, yktong@mmu.edu.my).

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Cite: Mehran Rostamzadeh, R. N. Anantharaman, and David Yoon Kin Tong, "Sense of Place on Expatriate Mental Health in Malaysia," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 360-365, 2012.

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