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  • 1. Third Culture Kids (TCK’s) and Cross Cultural Kids (CCK’s) Social Emotional Practicum 2012
  • 2. TCK’s Defined Spend developmental years outside the parents’ culture. Builds relationships to all of the cultures, full ownership of none. The sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background.
  • 3. CCK Model (Cross Cultural Kid) Someone who is living and meaningfully interacts with two or more cultural environments for a significant period of time The CCK definition is not dependent on the question of where CCK’s grow up, such as outside the passport culture or overseas. CCK’s do not merely live side by side with those from other cultures, but are interacting with more than one culture in ways that have meaningful or relational involvement.
  • 4. The TCK or CCK Model Third Culture or Cross Culture with Shared Host or Home or First Commonalities Second Culture Culture
  • 5. CCK Categories Traditional TCK’s  Domestic TCK’s Bi/Multicultural  International Adoptees Children  Children of Minorities Bi/Multiracial Children  Children of Immigrants Children of  Children of Refugees Borderlanders Educational CCK’s
  • 6. Cultural Identity Modelin Relationship to Surrounding Culture Foreigner Hidden Immigrant Look different Look alike Think different Think different Adopted Mirror Look different Look alike Think alike Think alike
  • 7. Who Am I? Finding a sense of personalbalance and identity Adults experience cross cultural transitions and high mobility with an international move But YOU experience growing up cross culturally It is the interplay of these factors for you during your youth that leads to the benefits, challenges and personal characteristics of TCK’s
  • 8. Achieving Cultural Balance and PersonalIdentity Who we are and where we belong is a developmental task for students We learn the basic rules and values by which our particular culture operates As you grow, you challenge these rules Eventually you internalize the principles and practices you have learned, by challenging and finally accepting (?)—or adjusting within yourself This is achieving cultural balance and personal identity
  • 9. What about Cultural Balance for TCK’sand CCK’s? Often feel out of balance Why? Because rapid cultural change has been normal. You are one plane ride away from exchanging complete sets of worldviews, expectations of behavior, and even languages Before you know how to behave, you must figure out where you are You are trying to find cultural balance in a world filled with many cultures, many worldviews and you ‘catch it’ from all of your environments
  • 10. What are the main challenges of a TCKupbringing for you? Finding a sense of personal identity Finding a sense of cultural identity Dealing with unresolved grief Turn to your neighbor and discuss the above concepts. Be ready to share your thoughts with the group.
  • 11. TCK’s and CCK’s undergo Chronic Cyclesof Mobility Much more often than the population at large  Go through the transition cycle with greater frequency so there are multiple and repetitive cycles of loss and grief Grief during a transition is not a negation of the past—it is an affirmation Also TCK’s move often meaning changing cultures as well as places Experience grief because of the very richness of their lives
  • 12. Reasons for Unresolved Grief Fear of denying the good  Learning to live with the mystery of paradox Hidden Losses  Loss of relationships, loss of role models, loss of status, loss of their world, loss of lifestyle, loss of possessions Lack of permission to grieve Lack of time to process Lack of comfort
  • 13. Part twoLet’s get personal
  • 14. Benefits and Challenges of TCK’s/CCK’s Benefits Challenges Expanded Worldview  Confused Loyalties  Awareness of more than  Value dissonance one way to look at the same thing  Painful Awareness of Three Dimensional View Reality of the World  Ignorance of the home Cross Cultural Richness culture or perhaps questioning of home culture
  • 15. TCK Personal CharacteristicsBenefits and Challenges Benefits Challenges Cultural Adaptability  Lack of True Cultural Balance Blending In  Defining the Differences Prejudice: Less  Prejudice: More The Importance of Now  The Delusion of Choice  Planning at the last minute to not risk disappointment Appreciative of Authority  Mistrustful of Authority  Real vs. Perceived Arrogance—I’m different from you
  • 16. TCK Practical Skills Cross-Cultural Skills Observational Skills Social Skills Linguistic Skills
  • 17. Rootlessness vs. Restlessness Dreaded questions of TCK’s  Where are you from?  Where is home? The Migratory Instinct  Where I am, today, is temporary. But as soon as I get a job or purchase a home, I’ll settle down.
  • 18. Relational Patterns Large numbers of relationships Deep and valued relationships as TCK’s  Home culture relationships ‘shallow’? Relationships levels we pass through  Superficial level—small talk  ‘Still safe’ level—we exchange facts with no personal risks  Judgmental level—we risk comments about our opinions  Emotional level—share how we feel about life, ourselves—here we risk a piece of inner worlds, selves  Disclosure level—reveal our private thoughts and feelings, allow ourselves to be vulnerable, are truly honest
  • 19. Why do TCK’s have deeper relationships? Practice  Have started new relationships often Content  Have a large store of knowledge, feeding many topics for discussion Sense of urgency  They perceive little time to develop a particular relationship
  • 20. Possible Effects of a Cycle of MultipleLosses on Relationships Refusing to care  Limits your vulnerability to impending grief Quick release  Friends stop calling each other and don’t visit any longer  Anger could be part of this Emotional Flattening  Refusing to feel the pain; they say they don’t like messy goodbyes
  • 21. Normal Developmental Tasks Establishing a personal sense of identity Establishing and maintaining strong relationships Developing Competence in decision making Achieving independence Adulthood
  • 22. Early Maturity of TCK’s In… Broad base of knowledge and awareness Relationship to adults Communication skills Early autonomy
  • 23. Delayed Adolescence in TCK’s Cross cultural mobility in developmental years  Can lead to restrictions of movement due to safety Extended compliance to cultural rules Lack of opportunities for meaningful choices Life is often unpredictable making it hard to make decisions Family separations Operating between different systems-social and educational
  • 24. Delayed Adolescent Rebellion Extension of delayed adolescence End of the need for compliance Loneliness  Need for a home base, vacation time is lonely Anger  Manifestation of unresolved grief
  • 25. Expressions of Unresolved Grief Denial Anger Bargaining Sadness/Depression Withdrawal Rebellion Vicarious grief Delayed grief

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