What is a Third Culture Kid?

third culture kids Ruth Van Reken

Ruth Van Reken:
“A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. The third culture kid builds relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the third culture kid’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of the same background, other TCKs.”... (more)


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1. Third Culture Kids: Focus of Major Study -- TCK "mother" pens history of field.

2. TCKs Four Times More Likely to Earn Bachelor's Degrees.

3. TCKs Experience Prolonged Adolescence.

4. ATCKs have problems relating to their own ethnic groups.

5. ATCKs maintain a global dimensions throughout their lives.

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