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Social support discourse for international students in an Australian tertiary context


Yue, Y and Fan, S and Fan, W, Social support discourse for international students in an Australian tertiary context, Internet Journal of Language, Culture and Society, (37) pp. 82-93. ISSN 1327-774X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Acculturative stress caused by cultural transition can lead to huge pressure for international students in a new sociocultural environment. These pressures are significantly associated with such negative emotions as homesickness, loneliness, anxiety and depression. In order to alleviate their acculturative stress and enhance their psychological and social wellbeing, effective social support is needed to help them successfully adapt to the new environment. In this study, a total of 20 international students and 5 university staff participated in the semi-structured interviews regarding their understanding of social support system for international students in a regional area in Australia. Four important sources of social support were identified in this study: family, friend, university and community. Due to different functional characteristics, each source plays distinct roles in assisting international students. Evaluation to these sources of social support was also discussed in this study.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:social support, international students, family support, peer support, tertiary education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Fan, S (Dr Frances Fan)
UTAS Author:Fan, W (Miss Fan)
ID Code:85939
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-08-16
Last Modified:2015-03-25
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