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ERIC Number: ED548143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 151
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-7433-2
An Examination of Socio-Demographic Factors and Their Influence on Health Behaviors among International Students in the Texas State University System
Msengi, Clementine Mukeshimana
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lamar University - Beaumont
The number of international students attending higher education in the United States continues to grow (McLachlan & Justice, 2009). International students face several challenges while studying in the United States, some of which are health challenges (Zysberg, 2005). The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of various socio-demographic factors on health behaviors and health status among international students in the Texas State University System. This study was a quantitative study using a comparative-correlation design which specifically examined health responsibility, spiritual growth, interpersonal relations, and stress management practices. The results of the study revealed that most international students reported themselves to be in good health. In terms of health promotion behaviors, international students scored the lowest in the areas of health responsibility, followed by stress management and interpersonal relations, and scored the highest in spiritual growth. Independent variables such as age, religion, region of origin, health status, class status, religion, and place of origin had an influence on international student's health status and behaviors. Implications for practice are recommended for university personnel to strengthen international student experiences while studying in the United States. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas