A2: How to Understand the U-Curve of Cultural Development

Due to the regular ups and downs of life, the U-Curve of Cultural Adjustment has bumps throughout the process. Different stages of adjustment can overlap. For example, a newcomer who is in the recovery stage of adjustment may have moments when s/he feels total frustration with the surrounding culture. From the U-curve of Cultural Adjustment below, we use the term adjustment because the newcomer’s experiences and feelings shift as the person grows and adjusts to the new surroundings. 

After you have reviewed the figure below, test your understanding of the U-Curve of Cultural Adjustment by clicking on the link (in red) at the bottom of the page.

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