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Qs: PhD Survey on Adult Third Culture Kids by Jennifer

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Date: 25-Jan-2019
From: Jennifer Kuhne <>
Subject: PhD Survey on Adult Third Culture Kids by Jennifer
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Hello! I am currently working on my PhD on the topic of ''Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs)''. For this I have developed an English online questionnaire and I am now looking for participants for my survey. My goal is to get answers from as many participants together - at least 1000 by the mid of April 2019. Can I count on your support?

If you meet the three selection criteria, I would like to ask you to complete the questionnaire yourself. In only 10 minutes of your time, you would really bring my research and me a long way forward. Once you have completed the questionnaire, but also if you should not meet the selection criteria yourself, I would like to ask you to forward this email with the questionnaire link to your family, friends and colleagues (private and professional), anyone you can think of at all, who would be willing to participate. The further you can help me spread my inquiry world-wide, the better!

Here are the key facts about the PhD survey: Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs):

Selection Criteria:

The survey participants must please
- currently be 20 years of age or older, and
- have lived in two or more countries for at least one year each between age of 0-18, but not as part of an educational exchange program and,
- be gainfully employed, (not self-employed!), and working 20 hours or more per week.

Time & Language:

approx. 10 minutes; easy English

If clicking directly on the link should not work, please copy and paste it to the browser.


Jennifer Kuhne
Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz/Germany


Growing up in three different countries, between two cultures and two languages before I turned 18 has significantly shaped me to be the person I am today. I learned in my mid-20s that others with a similar background are often called “Third Culture Kids (TCKs)”. This made me curious to find out more. We TCKs are growing in numbers due to the impact of globalization and heightened international lifestyles. I soon discovered that a lot of research has already been conducted on TCKs as children, teenagers and people in their early twenties. However, less research has been directed towards TCKs as adults.

After working full-time for a while myself, I decided to go for my PhD, conduct my own research and contribute to the growing academic knowledge about “Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs)”. I reasoned that a TCK upbringing probably continues to affect us as adults and the way we work in our jobs. Focusing on ATCKs in my research work, I would like to find out if Adult TCKs have attained and developed specific skills and competence, which they are able to use in their daily professional work-life.

Thank you very much for your help and for participating!
Should you have any questions about the survey or my research, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards, Jennifer Kuhne

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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