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A comparison of International and Domestic Tertiary Students in Australia

Khawaja, Nigar G. & Dempsey, Jennifer (2008) A comparison of International and Domestic Tertiary Students in Australia. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 18(1), pp. 30-46.

Abstract

In this study international and domestic students were compared on variables such as accommodation and financial satisfaction, social support, mismatched expectations, academic stress, dysfunctional coping, and psychological distress. International and domestic students (N = 86 for each group) enrolled at a large Australian university based in a capital city, completed a battery of questionnaires. Results demonstrate that in comparison to domestic students, international students had less social support, used more dysfunctional coping strategies and had greater incongruence between their expectations and experiences of university life. The results endorse the significance of providing high quality supportive and orientation programs to international students, to enhance their social support and coping strategies, which as demonstrated are lacking.

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ID Code: 13899
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Tertiary students, demographics, social support, mismatched expectations, academic stress, dysfunctional coping and psychological distress
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 2008 Australian Academic Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:46

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