The Forgotten Half: Understanding the Unique Needs of International Student Partners

  • Danni Lei University of Calgary, Canada
  • Jon D. Woodend University of Calgary, Canada
  • Sarah K. Nutter University of Calgary, Canada
  • Alyssa R. Ryan University of Calgary, Canada
  • Sharon L. Cairns University of Calgary, Canada
Keywords: international students, international spouses, needs assessment, cross-cultural adjustment

Abstract

With the increasing enrollment of international students in North American universities, the need to support the adjustment of international students has also increased. One factor consistently identified as essential to successful student adjustment is having a strong support network, including familial support. Previous research investigating the needs of international students’ partners is limited and has suggested that partners may face greater barriers to adjustment than international students. The current study was conducted to better understand the needs of partners as well as potential barriers they face when attempting to access services. Although limited by sample size, the results suggested that partners are interested in increased support in helping their transition to local living and mainstream culture.

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Author Biographies

Danni Lei, University of Calgary, Canada

DANNI LEI, BSc, is an MSc Counselling Psychology student at the University of Calgary. Danni’s research interests include immigrant transitions, career development, multiculturalism, and social justice. 

Jon D. Woodend, University of Calgary, Canada

JON WOODEND, MSc, is a PhD Counselling Psychology student at the University of Calgary. Jon’s research interests include international career transitions, multiculturalism, immigration, and social justice. 

Sarah K. Nutter, University of Calgary, Canada

SARAH NUTTER, MSc, is a PhD counselling psychology student at the University of Calgary. Sarah’s research interests include weight bias and its sociocultural correlates, and social justice. 

Alyssa R. Ryan, University of Calgary, Canada

ALYSSA RYAN, BA, is an MSc Counselling Psychology student at the University of Calgary. Alyssa’s research interests include resiliency, individuals and families with child welfare involvement, and social justice. 

Sharon L. Cairns, University of Calgary, Canada

SHARON CAIRNS, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Cairns research interests include post-secondary counselling, student mental health, and resiliency. 

Published
2015-10-01
How to Cite
Lei, D., Woodend, J. D., Nutter, S. K., Ryan, A. R., & Cairns, S. L. (2015). The Forgotten Half: Understanding the Unique Needs of International Student Partners. Journal of International Students, 5(4), 447-458. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/407
Section
Research Articles