Psychological Distress in International University Students: An Australian Study

Khawaja, Nigar G. & Dempsey, Jenny (2007) Psychological Distress in International University Students: An Australian Study. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counseling, 17(1), pp. 13-27.

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Australia is a much sort after destination of study for many thousands of international university students. However, tertiary study brings with it many challenges that may potentially precipitate psychological distress in international students. Psychological distress may be experienced in various ways. The aim of this study was to investigate the manner in which psychological distress is manifested in international students and the factors that contribute to their psychological distress. The participants consisted of 86 international students enrolled at a Queensland university who completed a battery of nine self-report questionnaires. Results showed that obsessive-compulsiveness reflected by worry, ruminations and perfectionist tendencies was the most common symptom of psychological distress in international students. Dysfunctional coping was the only factor contributing to psychological distress. These findings have important implications for the international students with reference to the assessment of their mental health issues and the designing of suitable intervention programs.

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ID Code: 11026
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: International students & psychological distress, HERN
DOI: 10.1375/ajgc.17.1.13
ISSN: 1037-2911
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian Academic Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:03

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