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Coping strategies adopted by international students in an Australian tertiary context


Yue, Y and Le, Q, Coping strategies adopted by international students in an Australian tertiary context, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, 7, (2) pp. 25-39. ISSN 2327-011X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Common Ground,Yun Yue, Quynh Lę,

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DOI: doi:10.18848/2327-011X/CGP/v07i02/53235


Due to geographic and cultural transition, most international students experience difficulty in adapting to an unfamiliar environment. These adjustment difficulties are commonly regarded as the primary cause of acculturative stress. In order to relieve their acculturative stress, various effective coping strategies are used to improve their adaptation. Effectively using coping strategies enhances their psychological well-being, whereas ineffective coping exacerbates the effects of stress on adjustment. This study, based on both quantitative and qualitative data, investigates coping strategies used by international students in an Australian tertiary context. The findings indicate that "acceptance", "positive reappraisal", "active coping", and "suppression" are the top four coping strategies most widely used by international students, while "denial" is the least used. In addition, participants’ demographics such as gender, degree pursued, length of stay in Australia, and English proficiency are significantly associated with their use of coping strategies.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Acculturative Stress, Coping Strategies, International Students, Demographic Factors
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Yue, Y (Dr Yun Yue)
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
ID Code:86153
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2013-08-27
Last Modified:2014-05-07
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