This article is from the issue: Volume 5, Issue 1: Children and International Development

4. Child Development: A Hinge in Crossing Culture with a Healthy Self-Esteem

May 19, 2016

Does a child’s psychological development determine how successfully he/she will cross cultures later on in life?  Certainly it does, even though it is not the sole determining factor.  In this short article, I will contend that child development is one of the major factors contributing to a cross-cultural workers ability to cross cultures well.  In so doing, I would like to highlight that the process of uprooting a person from one’s home country and familiar support system, leaves a person feeling extremely insecure.  With the additional difficulty of language acquisition and dealing with culture shock, the whole process shakes a person to the core. And it is precisely the challenge to one’s identity and worth that makes self-esteem such an important variable in being able to handle the changes and adjustments required in crossing cultures.

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May Nor Clara Cheng

May Nor Clara Cheng has a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her area of expertise is equipping cross-cultural workers in their inner-beings in order to lead a healthy emotional, social, and spiritual life and to be effective in their cross-cultural endeavors.

She has served with OMF International for sixteen years in Japan, in the Philippines and in Taiwan.  Currently, she is Associate Professor in Psychological Anthropology at William Carey International University.