Perceived Support as a Predictor of Acculturative Stress Among International Students in the United States
Bai, Jieru. “Perceived Support as a Predictor of Acculturative Stress Among International Students in the United States.” Journal of International Students, vol. 6, no. 1, 2016, pp. 93–106.
This study is to measure the magnitude of acculturative stress among students, from different country of origins, and identify the causes of it. Bai had determined that perceived support from school is vital for international students; they should feel welcomed by the school community either through culturally accessible facilities or by providing moral support as they go through the process of acculturation. Bai had also identify that international students from the Middle East experience the most stress, though the reasons were not disclosed.
Jieru Bai is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha's Grace Abbott School of Social Work. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from Indiana University in 2012; her research interests include acculturation and acculturative stress; mental health of immigrants and their families; culturally competent assessment and practice; program evaluation; and advanced statistical methods/mixed methods. She mainly teaches human behavior and social environment, research methods and diversity class.
- Apparently there are five different acculturating groups, which include immigrants, refugees, native peoples, ethnic groups and sojourners, whom, at some point, undergo the acculturating process. The focus of Bai’s paper, though it was not explicitly mentioned, is presumed to be about sojourner students.
- In Bai’s literature review, she selected excerpts in regards to student sojourner, who temporarily resides in a country (in this case, the United States). Obviously, most international students are sojourners, as they return to their home once they complete their studies in America. This acculturating group experience higher level of acculturative stress in comparison to other groups.
“Student sojourners must confront traditional academic stresses without the resources available to domestic students.” (page 95)
"Personal concerns that prevent international students from seeking professional help, such as feelings of stigma and shame, lack of knowledge of available and existing mental health services and cost considerations." (page 96)
"International students are found to bear unrealistic expectations of academic performance and a greater fear of academic failure." (page 96)Value
This paper will be able to support my argument in which President Donald Trump’s Travel Ban Executive Order will possibly further exaggerate the level of acculturative stress among Middle Eastern students, whom reportedly experience higher stress than its Asian counterpart.