Work-Family Balance and Psychosocial Adjustment of Married International Students

  • Gökçe Bulgan MEF University, Turkey
  • Ayşe Çiftçi Purdue University, United States
Keywords: work-family balance, psychological well-being, sociocultural adaptation, international students, university

Abstract

The authors investigated how work-family balance mediated the relationship between personality traits, gender roles, social support, and psychosocial adjustment. Data were collected from 243 married international graduate students (MIGSs) studying in the United States. Results of structural equation modeling indicated that personality traits influence the psychosocial adjustment process. In addition, being extraverted, agreeable, and conscientious contributed to balancing academic and family life, whereas having neurotic tendencies such as experiencing depression and anxiety diminished work-family balance. Work-family balance did not mediate the relationship between personality traits, gender roles, social support, and psychosocial adjustment. The authors discussed the findings by considering clinical implications and making suggestions for future research.

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Author Biographies

Gökçe Bulgan, MEF University, Turkey

GÖKÇE BULGAN, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychological counseling and guidance at MEF University in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Bulgan’s research interests include well-being, couples and family relationships, and work-family issues.

Ayşe Çiftçi, Purdue University, United States

AYŞE ÇİFTÇİ, PhD, is an associate professor of counseling psychology at Purdue University in Indiana, USA. Dr. Çiftçi’s research interests include multicultural issues, cross cultural psychology, immigration (specifically Muslim immigrants), international students, and psychological well being.

Published
2018-04-01
How to Cite
Bulgan, G., & Çiftçi, A. (2018). Work-Family Balance and Psychosocial Adjustment of Married International Students. Journal of International Students, 8(2), 1079-1107. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i2.133
Section
Research Articles