ERIC Number: ED333304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of Feelings of Loneliness among Chinese Students in the University of Texas at Austin.
It has been suggested that the problems of foreign students are typically different from and of greater concern than are the problems of American students in higher education settings. Foreign students who must adjust to massive environmental, sociological, and psychological change may be afflicted by what amounts to an emerging disorder of life. The experience of being a foreign student is frequently a difficult and unsettling one, involving periods of isolation and loneliness. This study examined loneliness among Chinese college students (N=52). An unexpected finding revealed that Chinese students apparently encountered more isolation than loneliness. The results suggest that Chinese students studying in the United States possess and exercise social and psychological skills, but they experience cultural and language differences and difficulties which lead to social isolation and potential/emotional loneliness within American society. The lack of appropriate social and language skills may result in stronger feelings of loneliness for Chinese students. (Implications for counseling and the survey instrument are included.) (BHK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chinese People; University of Texas Austin
Note: Master of Education report, University of Texas at Austin.