Stress, Sleep and Performance in International and Domestic University Students

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https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12i1.3299

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perceived stress, acculturative stress, sleep quality, academic performance, international students, domestic students

Abstract

Stress and poor sleep quality are serious and common problems among university students that could have detrimental effects on their academic performance. International students may experience greater difficulty than domestic students because they also need to deal with the challenges associated with moving to a new culture. The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between stress (perceived and acculturative), sleep quality and academic performance by comparing them between international and domestic students. Perceived stress negatively correlated with sleep quality. However, no relationship was found between acculturative stress and sleep quality, between sleep quality and academic performance, and between stress (perceived and acculturative) and academic performance. Differences on perceived stress and sleep quality between international and domestic students were found. Perceived stress was found to be an important factor that requires the university to focus on effective stress management programs that could be useful for achieving better sleep quality.

Author Biographies

Corinne Tan Pei Yun, James Cook University, Singapore

Corinne Tan Pei Yun, BSc (Hons), is a research officer at Agency of Science, Technology and Research at Singapore. She has an honours degree in psychology from James Cook University. She has more than 4 years of experience working with children and youths. Her research interests are focused on the development of children and youth, in particular, trauma, depression, sleep and cultural differences.

Kenneth Mark Greenwood, James Cook University

Kenneth Mark Greenwood, PhD, is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at James Cook University. Recently retired from the University of the Sunshine Coast, he worked in higher education at various Australian Universities holding positions such as Executive Faculty Dean, Head of School, and Dean of Research.

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2021-07-09

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Tan, C. P. Y., & Greenwood, K. M. (2021). Stress, Sleep and Performance in International and Domestic University Students. Journal of International Students, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12i1.3299

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