Acculturation, Internet Use, and Psychological Well-being Among Chinese International Students

  • Jia Qi Li Texas Tech University, United States
  • Xun Liu Texas Tech University, United States
  • Tianlan Wei Texas Tech University, United States
  • William Lan Texas Tech University, United States
Keywords: acculturation, internet use, psychological well-being, Chinese international stuents

Abstract

In this study, the authors examined the relationships of acculturation as measured with two subscales of cultural maintenance and cultural assimilation, Internet use, and psychological wellbeing among Chinese international students. A total of 170 Chinese international students participated in this study. Bivariate correlation analyses revealed that an individual can identify with two different cultures, minority and dominant culture. Results of multiple regression indicated that cultural assimilation was a significant predictor to psychological well-being, but not cultural maintenance. The study also found that younger Chinese international students (e.g., students pursuing bachelor’s degrees) suffered significantly higher levels of stress and depression in the acculturation process as compared to their older counterparts. Implications for counseling and recommendations for future research were discussed.

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Author Biographies

Jia Qi Li, Texas Tech University, United States

Jia Qi Li is a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education Program at Texas Tech University. He anticipates graduating with his PhD in Counselor Education in 2013. His research interests are diversity, multicultural counseling, school counseling, and international students. Jia Qi Li is the corresponding author. 

Xun Liu, Texas Tech University, United States

Xun Liu is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology Program at Texas Tech University. She anticipates graduating with her PhD in Educational Psychology in 2014. Her interests concentrate on positive psychology, self-regulated learning, and strategy instruction.

Tianlan Wei, Texas Tech University, United States

Tianlan Wei is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology Program at Texas Tech University. Her research interests are in gender differences in learning and development.

William Lan, Texas Tech University, United States

William Lan is Chair and Professor of Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership at Texas Tech University. He received his PhD from University of Iowa.

Published
2013-06-01
How to Cite
Li, J. Q., Liu, X., Wei, T., & Lan, W. (2013). Acculturation, Internet Use, and Psychological Well-being Among Chinese International Students. Journal of International Students, 3(2), 155-166. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/508
Section
Research Articles