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This entry introduces the reader to the concept of intensity factors, which refers to the set of characteristics related to the person and the context that can intensify the experience of living and working in cultures other than one’s own. The intensity, or stress, of intercultural encounters can be lesser or greater given the degree to which these factors are present and manifest themselves. This concept is relevant to this encyclopedia because it can be used to design predeparture, on-site, and reentry programs that will help sojourners adapt to the new culture and enhance their intercultural competence. For the purposes of this entry, the term sojourner will be used for persons who are temporarily or permanently residing in a culture other than their own at ...

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