Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

DIXON, JESS C

Keywords

Health and environmental sciences, Adjustment, Canadian interuniversity sport, Experience, International student-athlete

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to understand the lived experiences of international student-athletes (ISAs) competing in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Guided by Ridinger and Pastore's (2000) theoretical model of adjustment to college for ISAs, which has since been validated and revised by Popp, Love, Kim and Hums (2010), this study explored the antecedents, adjustments, and outcomes of these lived experiences along with the wants and needs of ISAs. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 13 ISAs competing in CIS during the 2013-2014 season. All categories from Ridinger and Pastore's (2000a) model were supported, as were the components added by Popp, Love et al. (2010). Based on the findings, an adapted model of ISA adjustment was proposed. This revised model illustrates the triggering factors that initiated the thought process, along with the unique adjustment experiences, of the ISAs who participated in this study.

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