Internet Addiction and Acculturative Stress Among International College Students in the United States




acculturative stress, college counselor, international college students, Internet addiction


While Internet use plays an increasingly important role in individuals’ lives, many college students have found themselves totally unconsciously plunged into Internet addiction (IA). Guided by the acculturative stress theory, we examined the relationships between acculturative stress, gender, age, length of stay, and IA among international college students. Data were collected from 111 international undergraduate and graduate students studying in the United States. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses reported that acculturative stress and gender significantly predict IA among international college students. In this sample, neither age nor length of stay predicted IA. Our findings paint a picture of the potential influence of acculturative stress on IA. We offer suggestions for future research on Internet addiction and acculturative stress, particularly for international college students.

Author Biographies

Jason Li, Wichita State University, USA

JIAQI (JASON) LI, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership, Educational and School Psychology in the College of Applied Studies at Wichita State University. He received his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Texas Tech University. His research interests are broadly in the areas of career development, addictive behaviors, and mental issues of underrepresented groups in the school setting. He is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor in the state of Kansas.

Xun Liu, University of South Carolina, USA

XUN LIU, PhD, is Independent Methodologist in the Consortium for Family Strengthening Research in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests focus on quantitative research methodology, marriage and family studies, scale development and measurement


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How to Cite

Li, J., & Liu, X. (2021). Internet Addiction and Acculturative Stress Among International College Students in the United States. Journal of International Students, 11(2), 361–376.



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