Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

International Students’ Psychological and Sociocultural Adjustment: A Case Study in South Florida
by Galdan, Odongerel, Ed.D., St. Thomas University, 2019, 183; 13877777
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the adjustment experience of international students by employing two main purposes: 1) identifying existing relationships between selected demographic variables and sociocultural adjustment; 2) exploring how social support predicts psychological adjustment among international students studying and residing in a Hispanic dominant environment in South Florida. The participants consisted of 37 international students, 23 females and 14 males, between 18–45 years old, have been living in the United States from 1 to 90 months, representing 23 countries.

Regarding demographic variables, Pearson’s correlation analysis revealed a significant correlation between gender and sociocultural adjustment. Other variables including age, length of residency in the United States, and English language were not associated with sociocultural adjustment among participants. An ANOVA analysis was conducted to examine a relationship between region and sociocultural adjustment. The results were insignificant; therefore, the null hypothesis that there are no differences between regions and sociocultural adjustment is accepted. Finally, the result of multiple regression analysis revealed that social support was not the most significant predictor on psychological adjustment in comparison to sociocultural adjustment, age, gender, and residency.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Czelusniak, Vernon L.
Commitee: Chmielewski, Todd L., Maranga, Kennedy M.
School: St. Thomas University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 81/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational psychology, Educational sociology, Multicultural Education
Keywords: International students' adjustment, International students' psychological adjustment, International students' sociocultural adjustment
Publication Number: 13877777
ISBN: 9781085789387
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