Culture shock questionnaire

Culture shock questionnaire. Test in which culture shock stage you are. Asking for a knife and fork when you are having Sushi in Japan may not be the smartest thing to do. Asking how someone's wife is doing is considered to be offensive in parts of the Middle East.

Everybody who moves abroad will experience a culture shock. The severity of the culture shock is determined by a combination of factors, such as stress coping skills, the ability to adjust, and how much difference there is between your culture and the new culture. For some, the culture shock is so severe, that they can’t get passed the Rejection stage. These people often leave the country, and return home, within two years upon arrival. For others, a culture shock is barely noticeable. These people have better stress coping skills and adjust more easily to changing environments. For the majority, however, the idea of suffering of a culture shock is completely new and often overlooked. This culture shock questionnaire is designed to help expats and immigrants find out in which culture shock stage they are. After filling out the culture shock questionnaire, you get a detailed score and recommendation for further steps. Easy to follow tips and advice on how to deal with loneliness, frustration, and cultural differences are all covered in the culture shock questionnaire results page.

NOTE: we decided to only include the first four culture shock stages into this questionnaire, because there is nothing new to learn once someone reached the final acceptance stage.


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Culture shock questionnaire – stages

It is perfectly possible to obtain a high score on two different culture shock stage, because the stages do not exclude one another. Someone may score on the Rejection stage And on the Adjustment stage. Such a score suggests that someones is still bothered by several things in life, but started to accept other parts in life at the same time. Alternatively, someone could score high on the Rejection stage because they forgot to distinguish between other problems and culture shock related problems. Unfortunately, our culture shock questionnaire does not control for this.

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Welcome to the Culture Shock Questionnaire

It excites me to live in a different country/state/territory.

I feel angry or frustrated over relatively small things.

I miss my friends and family back home.

Some of the norms and values in this country/state/territory I like better than my own.

I feel misunderstood by the locals

I get annoyed when people back home talk negative about the country/state/territory I live in.

I enjoy exploring the city and discover new places.

I feel lonely at times

Miscommunications are not as common as before.

Living here has made me look more critical at my own norms and values.

I often complain to my friends and relatives about the way things are in this country.

I look forward to living here for a while.

I have a feeling locals treat me differently because I am a foreigner/woman/man.

I know my way around town and I can find stores/places that I like easily.

I got used to most cultural differences.

If there is a miscommunication between me and a local, I usually understand why and I am able to fix it.

I do not miss my friends/relatives at all.

Most of the days, I wake up feeling energetic and happy.

I have grown used to the fact that I do not live close to my relatives/friends.

It's only when others mention local norms, values or habits that I notice them.

Although they cannot replace my friends back home, I am happy with the friends I have over here.

I do not feel as home in my native country as I used to feel.

I often compare the way things are in this country with the way they are back home.

My experiences so far have been positive; the negative experiences were a coincidence.

I respond more often out of character to situations compared to before.

There past weeks, there were more arguments between me and my partner/coworkers.

I notice I am more often misunderstood by people from my native country.

I have a feeling that I understand the locals better than I used to.

I am replacing some of my own norms and values for local norms and values.

I enjoy learning more about the culture of the country I live in.

I respond more often out of proportion to the situation than before.

Some local norms and values I could adopt one day.

Living here has made me look more critical at my native country.

I can't wait to leave this place.