Analysis of Acculturative Stress and Sociocultural Adaptation Among International Students at a Non-Metropolitan University

Authors

  • Hajara Mahmood Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, United States
  • Monica Galloway Burke Western Kentucky University, United States

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i1.166

Keywords:

acculturation, sociocultural adaptation, international students, acculturative stress

Abstract

This quantitative descriptive study analyzed levels of acculturative stress and sociocultural adaptation among international students at a non-metropolitan university in the United States related to certain demographic characteristics. Surveys were used to measure international students’ levels of acculturative stress and sociocultural adaptation, including five subscales of sociocultural adaptation (N = 413). Demographic questions included gender, age, and country of origin, length of stay in the United States, degree level, and English language comfort. Results indicated a negative correlation between students’ levels of sociocultural adaptation and acculturative stress. Particularly, increased competency among the five sociocultural adaptation subscales (interpersonal communication, academic/work performance, personal interests and community involvement, ecological adaptation, and language proficiency) decreased levels of acculturative stress among the students.

Author Biographies

Hajara Mahmood, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, United States

HAJARA MAHMOOD, EdD, is an Associate Director for the Center of Teaching and Learning Excellence and Biology Instructor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Her research area focuses on meeting the learning needs for diverse student populations, effective pedagogical practices, STEM education, retention initiatives, and issues and trends in higher education. 

Monica Galloway Burke, Western Kentucky University, United States

MONICA GALLOWAY BURKE, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the area of student affairs in higher education at Western Kentucky University. Her research and teaching focus on topics related to student affairs, diversity, counseling and helping concepts, self-care, student development, and professional development and practice in student affairs. 

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Published

2018-01-01

How to Cite

Mahmood, H., & Galloway Burke, M. (2018). Analysis of Acculturative Stress and Sociocultural Adaptation Among International Students at a Non-Metropolitan University. Journal of International Students, 8(1), 284–307. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i1.166

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