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ERIC Number: EJ1129179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2162-3104
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale; Brief Symptom Inventory
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