Understanding the coping strategies of international students : a qualitative approach

Khawaja, Nigar G. & Stallman, Helen M. (2011) Understanding the coping strategies of international students : a qualitative approach. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 21(2), pp. 203-224.

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International students encounter a range of additional challenges as a part of their tertiary study experience. A qualitative approach was used to understand the challenges faced by international students, coping strategies that promoted their personal resilience and advice they have for future international students. Twenty-two international students from an Australian university participated in four focus groups. The challenges identified by students included adjustment, social isolation, English language skills, academic difficulties, unmet expectations, employment, culture shock and psychological distress. Participants shared their own personal experiences and strategies used by them to cope and identified strategies that future students could use prior to leaving their home country and whilst in Australia to improve their adjustment. Uses of international student stories in prevention interventions are discussed.

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ID Code: 46641
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Coping, International students, HERN
DOI: 10.1375/ajgc.21.2.203
ISSN: 1037-2911
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2011 23:10
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 04:04

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