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Third route kids : a new way of conceptualizing the adult third culture kid experience Williams, Tamara Lynn


The current conceptualization of Adult Third Culture Kids (TCKs) is challenged and reconceptualised as Third Route Kids (TRKs) through both an extensive analysis of the current literature on TCKs and through an ethnographic study of four adult TCKs. The study involved utilizing thematic analysis of focus groups with four TCKs. Six themes were identified: The Problematics of Being Asked Where You are From, Relationship with Self, Relationship with Others, Relationship with Society, TCK Culture, and Global Awareness. These findings are integrated with current research on TCKs. They also challenge the current conceptualization of culture and cultural sensitivity that is utilized in counselling psychology. Suggestions for future research are also made.

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