ERIC Number: ED322822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Predictive Factors of Stress among International College Students.
A research study of 245 students from Korea, the Arab nations, and Nigeria was conducted to determine whether there are significant relationships between any of the three measures of the level of stress (anxiety, depression, and somatic complaints) among international college students. Variables analyzed in the study included English language proficiency; social interaction with Americans, co-nationals and other internationals; health;, financial conditions; nationality; length of stay; and marital status. Extensive use of questionnaires and follow-up phone calls revealed significant relationships between both anxiety and depression and English language proficiency and social interaction with Americans. Duration of stay was also found to be significant in determining overall stress levels; this was not found to be significantly different from marital status. In regard to anxiety the two best predictive variables were found to be social interactions with Americans and health conditions; it was concluded that frequent social interaction with Americans predicts a lower stress level and a poor heatlh condition is suggestive of a high stress level. It was also found that stress level becomes higher during the first and third year of stay in this country. Four recommendations were made to schools to help alleviate the stress and potential psychosomatic problems faced by international students on campus. Recommendations involved inter-cultural community activities, better information dissemination of counseling and stress management services, and the involvement of senior international students in informing new students of the services available. Contains 35 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Doctoral Dissertation, University of Missouri.