Date of Award

1-1-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Ruth (Chu-Lien) Chao

Abstract

The intention of this study was to better understand the international student experience. The present study examined the relationships between acculturative stress, stigma, and behavioral healthcare, using Berry's Theory of Acculturation. A sample (N = 135) of international students completed measures of acculturative stress, perceived social support, self-stigma for seeking help, and perceived stigma by others for seeking help . Results of a hierarchical regression analysis indicated that acculturative stress is a statistically significant predictor of perceived stigma by others for seeking help, and that acculturative stress is not a statistically significant predictor of self-stigma for seeking help. Moderation analyses indicated that an introduction to behavioral health did not significantly impact the prediction of acculturative stress on perceived stigma by others. To date, this is the only study to examine the relationships between acculturative stress, stigma, and behavioral health in international students, and as such has implications for future research, academic training, and student affairs' recruitment efforts.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Brinda Prabhakar-Gippert

File size

151 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Psychology

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