ERIC Number: EJ1046393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Adjusting to New Places: International Student Adjustment and Place Attachment
Terrazas-Carrillo, Elizabeth C.; Hong, Ji Y.; Pace, Terry M.
Journal of College Student Development, v55 n7 p693-706 Oct 2014
Using data obtained from in-depth semistructured interviews, we examined international students' attachments to place in the local American Midwestern community where they have attended college for at least 2 years. The results of this study suggest that participants engage in a process of renegotiation of meanings attached to new places in ways that fulfill specific needs, such as a desire for social interaction, an opportunity for self-expression, and the expression of their emotional experience. The implications of the study results contribute to understanding the role of place attachments in the process of adjustment to another culture, as places seem to be evaluated and redefined so that they are experienced in congruence with the self.
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Student Adjustment, Adjustment (to Environment), Attachment Behavior, Geographic Location, Undergraduate Students, Student Experience, Relocation, Acculturation, Semi Structured Interviews, Student Needs, Self Expression, Qualitative Research, Graduate Students
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