WHAT ARE THE Stages of Cultural Shock and Adjustment In Mental Health?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

People who have recently arrived in a
country will experience a period of adjustment to the culture and
environment. This will affect the
individual in many different ways. It is usually referred to as Culture Shock.

At
first, they may experience the “Honeymoon
Stage
”, where everything is new and exciting, and people are enthusiastic
and energetic. After this, follows the Crisis
Phase.
This is where the person becomes increasingly aware of the
differences between the culture of their old home and their new culture.

Their
“culture shock” may increase when they have difficulties with a new language,
experience prejudice etc. They may feel confused, anxious, angry, homesick or
disappointed. Examples of things that may affect this
stage’s severity include –

  1. Having to use a
    different language.
  2. Not being clear on how
    to make friends.
  3. Not being sure how to
    deal with authority figures.
  4. Not understanding how
    people develop…

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