Research Output per year
My research interests are mainly centered on the acculturation process of individuals engaged in cross-border mobility (e.g. international students, expatriate workers, and other populations). In particular, I study personal, cultural, and social antecedents of cultural adjustment in various domains; changes in psychological and social functioning as well as individual characteristics associated with a sojourn abroad; and cultural differences in these links and processes. My work connects social, cross-cultural, and clinical as well as health psychology.
Specifically, I investigate how people use their personal resources (e.g. striving for personal growth despite adversity, emotional and cognitive coping strategies, personality, etc.) to enhance their mental well-being, engage with the host culture and its people, or perform well at work or in studies. I am also interested in the changes people undergo during a sojourn abroad and after return to their homeland. Therefore I look at questions such as these: Do peoples? personality traits, values, or identity change as a result of having lived abroad? What stimulates such changes, and how do they happen? How do potential changes translate into peoples? personal growth and social relationships upon return to their homeland? I also examine to what degree the above links and processes are similar or different depending on the culture in which one grew up. In addition, I have collaborated on research projects dealing with identity and well-being of ethnic minorities in Europe or validity and cross-cultural comparability of survey research measures.
I have international mobility experience as a visiting researcher, and have been counseling individuals living outside their homeland.
2016.09 - Present: Postdoctoral Researcher, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands
2014.09 - 2015.08: Visiting Researcher, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
2013.03 - 2013.12: Visiting Researcher, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands
2012.09 - 2013.02: Visiting Researcher, Brunel University, London, the UK
- Cross-Cultural Research
- Clinical Psychology
- Cultural Diversity
- Health Psychology
- Stress Management
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Personal Growth
Ethnic, Familial, and Religious Identity of Roma Adolescents in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Kosovo, and Romania in Relation to Their Level of Well-BeingDimitrova, R., van de Vijver, F. J. R., Tausova, J., Chasiotis, A., Bender, M., Buzea, C., Uka, F. & Tair, E., 2017, In : Child Development. 88, 3, p. 693-709 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Scientific › peer-review