Study of the adjustment of Western expatriates in Taiwan ROC with the Multicultural Personality Questionnaire

Jan Pieter Van Oudenhoven*, Stefan Mol, K.I. Van der Zee

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The present paper examined the validity of the Multicultural Personality Questionnaire (MPQ). As criteria of validity three levels of adjustment were used. The study took place among a sample of expatriates (N = 102) during their assignment in Taiwan. The MPQ has scales for cultural empathy, open-mindedness, social initiative, emotional stability and flexibility. The MPQ scales appeared to be predictive of expatriates' personal, professional and social adjustment. In all three domains, emotional stability appeared most consistently as a predictor of adjustment. Social initiative was an additional strong predictor of psychological well-being, as was cultural empathy of satisfaction with life and of the amount of social support in the host country. Flexibility was a predictor of job satisfaction and social support. The study also examined the effects of marital status on adjustment. Married expatriates showed higher levels of adjustment than expatriates who were single or separated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-170
Number of pages12
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003



  • Cultural adjustment
  • Expatriate adjustment
  • Expatriates
  • Multicultural effectiveness
  • Multicultural Personality Questionnaire

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