ERIC Number: EJ1231273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
International Students' Social Outcomes, Educational Status, and Country of High School Graduation
Brunsting, Nelson C.; Mischinski, Megan; Wu, Wenjin; Tevis, Tenisha; Takeuchi, Risa; He, Yueying; Zheng, Yihan; Coverdell, Travis L.
Journal of Studies in International Education, v23 n5 p589-606 Nov 2019
Despite the increase in methodological sophistication and complexity of models being tested for international student adjustment to universities in the United States (U.S.), researchers often do not test or control for salient demographic differences between students, including their educational status (i.e., graduate or undergraduate) and country in which they graduated high school. The current study was designed to examine whether demographic variables are associated with a range of social outcomes. Participants (N = 245) from 23 U.S. colleges and universities completed a survey in Fall 2017. Undergraduate students reported having a higher number of close friends at their institution than did graduate students; however, they also reported a lower sense of belonging than did graduate students. Students who graduated from high school in the United States reported less social support from international students at university. Implications for students and for future research are provided.
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Student Adjustment, Social Adjustment, Social Support Groups, High Schools, School Location, Friendship, Psychological Patterns, Affective Measures, Foreign Countries, Asians, Gender Differences, Sense of Community
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States; China; North America; South America; Europe; Africa; India; Asia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: UCLA Loneliness Scale