Date of Award
Ruth (Chu-Lien) Chao, Ph.D.
International Student Experience, Acculturative Stress, Stigma, Behavioral Healthcare
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.
Prabhakar-Gippert, Brinda, "The Role of Integrated Health Care in Reducing Stigma Around Seeking Psychological Help Among International Students" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1104.
Received from ProQuest