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A comparison of International and Domestic Tertiary Students in Australia

By Nigar G. Khawaja and Jennifer Dempsey

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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

Topics: 170106 Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology, academic stress, mismatched expectations, Tertiary students, social support, HERN, dysfunctional coping and psychological distress, demographics
Publisher: Australian Academic Press
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1375/ajgc.18.1.30
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:13899

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