The Interplay of International Students’ Acculturative Stress, Social Support, and Acculturation Modes

  • Christopher Sullivan University of Missouri St Louis, United States
  • Susan Kashubeck-West University of Missouri St Louis, United States
Keywords: international students, acculturation, acculturative stress, social support

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between acculturation modes (assimilation, integration, separation and marginalization), social support, and acculturative stress in undergraduate and graduate international students (N=104) at a medium-sized public university in the Midwestern United States. The study found that international students with broad-based social support and an Integration approach to acculturation experienced lower levels of acculturative stress. Implications for more effective counseling with international students are addressed.

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Author Biographies

Christopher Sullivan, University of Missouri St Louis, United States

CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN, PhD, LPC is a counselor in University Health, Wellness, and Counseling Services at the University of Missouri-St Louis. His research interests include counseling theories, with an emphasis on constructivist approaches and examining the impact of culture on individual and family therapy, with a special focus on cultural transitions, accommodations, and adaptations. 

Susan Kashubeck-West, University of Missouri St Louis, United States

SUSAN KASHUBECK-WEST, PhD is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at the University of MissouriSt. Louis. Her research interests fall under the umbrella of multicultural issues, broadly defined, and include discrimination and stigma related to race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social class and their relationships to psychological distress and well-being. 

Published
2015-01-01
How to Cite
Sullivan, C., & Kashubeck-West, S. (2015). The Interplay of International Students’ Acculturative Stress, Social Support, and Acculturation Modes. Journal of International Students, 5(1), 1-11. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/438
Section
Research Articles