ERIC Number: ED350550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
An Assessment of Psychological Needs of International Students: Implications for Counseling and Psychotherapy.
Sandhu, Daya Singh; Asrabadi, Badiolah Rostami
There is a general consensus that international students are a high-risk group who have a far greater number of psychological problems than their counterpart U.S. students. International students experience a number of problems due to the massive adjustments they are required to make abruptly in their social and academic lives. A review of the literature relating to the psychological problems of international students suggests a variety of difficulties ranging from loneliness, homesickness, and irritability to severe depression, confusion, and disorientation. This study examined the psychological needs of international college students and university students as related to acculturative stress. International students (N=128) completed the Acculturative Stress Scale for International Students. The results indicated that the students were psychologically at-risk on several dimensions, with the analysis revealing factors labeled perceived deprivation/alienation, loneliness/homesickness, hate, fear, stress due to change, and guilt. The findings have implications for college and university counselors. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Reno, NV, April 21-24, 1991).