ERIC Number: EJ999398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Themes Caribbean Overseas Students Perceive Influence Their Levels of Culture Shock
Edwards-Joseph, Arline; Baker, Stanley B.
College Student Journal, v46 n4 p716-729 Dec 2012
This study investigated whether or not Caribbean overseas students, attending universities in the United States, perceived that they experienced culture shock and what themes emerged explaining their experiences. Thirty-eight participants indicated having experienced culture shock, and 20 did not. Five major themes (loneliness and feelings of not fitting in, anxiety and depression, value system and cultural differences, cultural identity, and environmental factors) emerged from the students who experienced culture shock. One major theme (sense of community) emerged from the students who did not experience culture shock. Recommendations for counselors and areas for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Cultural Differences, Values, Cultural Awareness, Depression (Psychology), Culture Conflict, Universities, Culturally Relevant Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Anxiety, Environmental Influences, Community Involvement, Counselors, Foreign Students, Immigrants, Grounded Theory, College Students, Student Organizations
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States