Relationships Between Stress and Psychosocial Factors with Sources of Help-Seeking Among International Students

  • Martin A. Swanbrow Becker Florida State University, United States
  • Shengli Dong Florida State University, United States
  • Julia Kronholz Florida State University, United States
  • Chris Brownson The University of Texas at Austin, United States
Keywords: help seeking, international students, psychological factors, support, stress

Abstract

This study explored the prevalence of stressors and their impact on distress for international students who did not seek help, those who sought either informal or professional help, and those who accessed both informal and professional help. Results indicated that international students underutilize professional support services when faced with serious stressors, such as assaults, and often do not seek help from any source for those stressors contributing most to their overall distress. Those endorsing higher levels of belonging, sense of coherence, mindfulness, academic and social integration and their sense of connection to their university tend to turn to informal sources of support, while those with lower levels tend to turn to professional supports. Implications for prevention, outreach, and clinical practice are discussed.

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Author Biographies

Martin A. Swanbrow Becker, Florida State University, United States

MARTIN A. SWANBROW BECKER, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, Florida State University. His major research interests lie in the areas of college student suicide prevention, stress, coping and resilience. 

Shengli Dong, Florida State University, United States

SHENGLI DONG, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, Florida State University. His major research interests lie in the areas of workplace and academic accommodations, transition issues, mindfulness and multicultural counseling and social justice in counseling. 

Julia Kronholz, Florida State University, United States

JULIA KRONHOLZ, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her major research interests include college student success and resilience, career choice and career decision-making, and psychological assessment and evaluation. 

Chris Brownson, The University of Texas at Austin, United States

CHRIS BROWSON, PhD, is an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center, and Clinical Associate Professor in Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin. His major research interests include college student suicide prevention, the intersection of mental health and academic success, and the integration of mental health into primary care. 

Published
2018-10-01
How to Cite
Swanbrow Becker, M. A., Dong, S., Kronholz, J., & Brownson, C. (2018). Relationships Between Stress and Psychosocial Factors with Sources of Help-Seeking Among International Students. Journal of International Students, 8(4), 1636–1661. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i4.222
Section
Research Articles