Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Moira O'Connor


The study addresses the relationship between the quantity of possessions transported by migrants from their country of origin and reported levels of homesickness. Eighty-nine subjects from the United Kingdom and Eire participated in the study, which was limited to those migrants who have been resident in Australia for less than 5 years (M=2.53). The sample was non random (purposive and accidental), consisting of 51 males and 38 females, and the mean age of the participants on arrival in Australia was 33 years. Participants completed a 32 item, Likert scale, questionnaire which incorporated items from the Fisher (1989) Dundee Relocation Inventory (DRI). Participants were allocated to 4 groups based on the quantity of possessions transported from their country of origin. As the length of time away from home is relevant to homesickness, time was included as an independent variable and a two-way MANOVA was conducted by way of analysis. A statistically significant difference was found on the combined dependent variables for Possessions (F(12,206)=1.94,Q