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Health and well-being of international university students, and comparison with domestic students, in Tasmania, Australia


Skromanis, S and Cooling, N and Rodgers, B and Purton, T and Fan, F and Bridgman, H and Harris, KM and Presser, J and Mond, J, Health and well-being of international university students, and comparison with domestic students, in Tasmania, Australia, International journal of environmental research and public health, 15, (6) Article 1147. ISSN 1660-4601 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/ijerph15061147


International students comprise an increasingly larger proportion of higher education students globally. Empirical evidence about the health and well-being of these students is, however, limited. We sought to examine the health and well-being of international students, primarily from Asian countries, attending the University of Tasmania, Australia, using domestic students as a comparison group. Ethics approval was given to invite (via email) all currently enrolled students to participate in the study by completing a pilot-tested, online survey. The survey was completed by 382 international students (response rate = 8.9%) and 1013 domestic students (9.2%). Independent samples t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA) and chi-square tests were used for bivariate comparisons between international and domestic students, and between subgroups of international students. Regression models were used to examine the associations between student status (international vs. domestic) and health outcomes, controlling for demographic and enrolment variables. International students, particularly male students, were found to be at increased risk of several adverse health outcomes while also being less likely to seek help for mental health and related problems. The findings indicate the need for accessible, targeted, culturally-sensitive health promotion and early intervention programs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:International students, Australia, Health and well-being, Help-seeking
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Skromanis, S (Ms Sarah Skromanis)
UTAS Author:Cooling, N (Dr Nick Cooling)
UTAS Author:Purton, T (Miss Terry Purton)
UTAS Author:Fan, F (Dr Frances Fan)
UTAS Author:Bridgman, H (Dr Heather Bridgman)
UTAS Author:Harris, KM (Dr Keith Harris)
UTAS Author:Presser, J (Dr Jennifer Presser)
UTAS Author:Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:126613
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2018-06-19
Last Modified:2019-01-16
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