Helping the Transition: Mentorship to Support International Students in Canada

Authors

  • Clint Thomson The University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Victoria M. Esses The University of Western Ontario, Canada

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v6i4.323

Keywords:

acculturation, acculturative stress, mentorship, psychological adaptation, sociocultural adaptation

Abstract

We developed a program that paired newcomer international students with Canadian student mentors. These pairs met weekly throughout a semester and international student participants completed measures at both the beginning and end of the program. We found that program participants experienced positive changes in sociocultural and psychological adaptation, and a reduction in acculturative stress over time. At the conclusion of the program, program participants also showed higher levels of psychological adaptation and lower levels of acculturative stress than control participants, who had not participated in the program. These findings make an important contribution to the empirical literature on the acculturation of international students and provide foundations for future research.

Author Biographies

Clint Thomson, The University of Western Ontario, Canada

CLINT THOMSON, MSc, is a Senior Research Analyst in the Office of University Planning and Analysis at Vancouver Island University. He completed an MSc degree in Social Psychology at The University of Western Ontario in 2016. His research and professional interests include program evaluation within higher education institutions, international student issues, and mixed methods research. 

Victoria M. Esses, The University of Western Ontario, Canada

VICTORIA M. ESSES, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at The University of Western Ontario. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership, http://p2pcanada.ca/

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Published

2016-10-01

How to Cite

Thomson, C., & Esses, V. M. (2016). Helping the Transition: Mentorship to Support International Students in Canada. Journal of International Students, 6(4), 873–886. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v6i4.323

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Research Articles