Cross-Ethnic Self-Disclosure Buffering Negative Impacts of Prejudice on International Students' Psychological and Social Well-Being


  • Tatsuya Imai Nanzan University
  • Ayako Imai Nanzan University



depression, loneliness, prejudice, self-disclosure, personalization model


Intergroup contact theory suggests that developing a close relationship with outgroup members ameliorates the negative impact of prejudice that individuals perceive from outgroup members. This article specifically investigates the moderating role of cross-ethnic self-disclosure in the link between international students’ perceived ethnic/racial prejudice and depression as well as loneliness. One hundred and forty-three international students in Japan were asked to rate their perceived prejudice, depression, and loneliness as well as their self-disclosure to host nationals. The results showed that self-disclosure buffers the negative effects of prejudice on depression and loneliness such that international students who were more likely to disclose themselves to host nationals were less likely to be influenced by prejudice. Theoretical and practical contributions are considered.

Author Biographies

Tatsuya Imai, Nanzan University

TATSUYA IMAI, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of British and American Studies at Nanzan University. His research interests include acculturation, prejudice, and intercultural communication. Email:

Ayako Imai, Nanzan University

AYAKO IMAI, MA in Communication. Her research interests lie in the area of intercultural communication, focusing on international students’ adjustment.


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How to Cite

Imai, T., & Imai, A. (2019). Cross-Ethnic Self-Disclosure Buffering Negative Impacts of Prejudice on International Students’ Psychological and Social Well-Being. Journal of International Students, 9(1), 66–83.

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