Faculty Publications

Title

Challenges and coping strategies of East Asian graduate students in the United States

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Acculturation, adjustment, challenges, coping strategies, East Asian students, international graduate students

Journal/Book/Conference Title

International Social Work

Volume

60

Issue

3

First Page

733

Last Page

749

Abstract

This study uses qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews to explore the adjustment challenges encountered by international graduate students during their study at US universities, and the protective factors most associated with successful adjustment. Nine students from China, Korea, and Taiwan, attending a Midwestern university, participated in the study. Language barriers and discrimination were the primary challenges reported; the factors most associated with successful adjustment were personal perception, social support, strong mentoring relationships, religious belief, and use of campus services. Implications for providing effective assistance for international graduate students are discussed.

Original Publication Date

5-1-2017

DOI of published version

10.1177/0020872816655864

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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