Culture Shock Law and Legal Definition

Culture shock is the trauma that students experience when they move into a culture different from their home culture. Culture shock also involves communication problems that involves the frustrations that come with the lack of understanding; the verbal and nonverbal communication of the new culture, its customs and its value systems. The differences that people experience include lack of food, unacceptable standards of cleanliness, different bathroom facilities and fear of personal safety also becomes part of culture shock. It is a condition of confusion and anxiety affecting a person suddenly exposed to an alien culture or milieu. Culture shock can make a person go into a state of shock, anxiety, trouble breathing, fatigue, panic, or distress.