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ERIC Number: EJ1129179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Do Chinese International Students' Personalities Change during Cross-National Transitions?
Wang, Kenneth T.; Tian, Lu; Fujiki, Mayo; Bordon, Jennifer J.
Journal of International Students, v7 n2 p229-245 2017
Perfectionism is a multidimensional personality construct salient for international students; they are known to be likely high achievers in their home country and face several acculturative challenges after crossing national borders. This study examined whether perfectionist types changed during cross-national transitions in a sample of 227 Chinese international students studying in the U.S. Individuals were classified into different types of perfectionists--adaptive, maladaptive, and non- perfectionists. Results indicated that 40% of the participants' perfectionist types changed during their cross-national transition. After studying in the United States, more non-perfectionists became perfectionists than perfectionists that turned into non-perfectionist. Acculturative stress predicted the direction of shift; nonperfectionists who perceived higher levels of acculturative stress were more likely to change into maladaptive perfectionists than adaptive perfectionists.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Foreign Students, Asians, Personality Traits, Personality Change, High Achievement, Classification, Acculturation, Stress Variables, Predictor Variables, Adjustment (to Environment), Self Esteem, Likert Scales, Self Concept Measures, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Multivariate Analysis, Multiple Regression Analysis, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale; Brief Symptom Inventory
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