The Relationship Between Second Language Anxiety and International Nursing Students Stress

Authors

  • Nigar G Khawaj Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Sabrina Chan Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Georgia Stein Queensland University of Technology, Australia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v7i3.290

Keywords:

acculturation, fear of negative evaluation, dysfunctional perfectionism, international nursing students stress, language proficiency, second language anxiety

Abstract

We examined the relationship between second language anxiety and international nursing student stress after taking into account the demographic, cognitive, and acculturative factors. International nursing students (N=152) completed an online questionnaire battery. Hierarchical regression analysis revealed that spoken second language anxiety and the acculturative factors of marginalization and separation were significantly related to academic-related and placement-related stress in international nursing students. The results suggest that international nursing students, along with the pressures of their course, encounter second language anxiety particularly with reference to its spoken aspect. Subsequently, interventions aimed at building resilience in international nursing students should include coping and management of second language issues.

Author Biographies

Nigar G Khawaj, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

NIGAR G KHAWAJA, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology. She is a clinical psychologist and conducts research in clinical and transcultural psychology. She is the coordinator of the Master and Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programs. 

Sabrina Chan, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

SABRINA CHAN, DPsy is a clinical psychologist with clinical and transcultural research interest.

Georgia Stein, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

GEORGIA STEIN is currently completing her Master in Clinical Psychology. She is interested in clinical and transcultural research.

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Published

2018-07-01

How to Cite

Khawaj, N. G., Chan, S., & Stein, G. (2018). The Relationship Between Second Language Anxiety and International Nursing Students Stress. Journal of International Students, 7(3), 601–620. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v7i3.290

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Research Articles (English)