Perceived Support as a Predictor of Acculturative Stress Among International Students in the United States

  • Jieru Bai University of Nebraska at Omaha
Keywords: acculturative stress, international students, support

Abstract

A quantitative study was conducted to measure the acculturative stress of international students and investigate the predictors of acculturative stress. A total of 186 students participated in the survey. Results showed that 22.4% of the students in this study exceeded the normal stress level and might need counseling or psychological intervention. International students from the Middle East had a significantly higher level of acculturative stress than students from other areas. Perceived support from the university was identified as a significant negative predictor of acculturative stress. The results have important implications for educators and helping professions in higher education settings that serve international students.

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Author Biography

Jieru Bai, University of Nebraska at Omaha

JIERU BAI is an assistant professor of social work. Her research interests include acculturation and acculturative stress; mental health of immigrants and their families; culturally competent assessment and practice; program evaluation; and advanced statistical methods/mixed methods. She mainly teaches human behavior and social environment, research methods, and diversity class. 

Published
2016-01-01
How to Cite
Bai, J. (2016). Perceived Support as a Predictor of Acculturative Stress Among International Students in the United States. Journal of International Students, 6(1), 93-106. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/483
Section
Research Articles