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ERIC Number: EJ899297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Two Personality Variables and the Cross-Cultural Adjustment of Study Abroad Students
Harrison, J. Kline; Voelker, Elizabeth
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v17 p69-87 Fall 2008
This research investigated the cross-cultural adjustment of study abroad students and the associated impact of two personality variables--(1) emotional intelligence (EI) and entrepreneurial attitude orientation (EAO). This study was conducted among undergraduate sojourners from a small, private university in the southeastern United States. A sample of 456 students was surveyed via e-mail, with 347 receiving a web-based questionnaire after returning from a fall semester abroad and another 109 receiving the same questionnaire towards the end of the spring semester while they were still abroad. Widely recognized standardized instruments with high reliabilities were used to assess the dependent variable of cross-cultural adjustment, as well as the independent variables of emotional intelligence and entrepreneurial attitude orientation. Results indicated that three subdimensions of EI were significantly related to general adjustment in a host culture, with the fourth subdimension tendng to be influential. Individuals with higher self-emotional appraisal, higher others' emotional appraisal, and higher use of emotion exhibited stronger general adjustment than those who scored lower on these dimensions. Similarly, those who were higher on regulation of emotion tended to have stronger general adjustment. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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