Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Psychology, Social.




The first year adjustment of 28 international student sojourners was assessed and compared to that of 28 local Canadian students and 27 Canadian students who came from outside the immediate area to attend the University of Windsor. Participants completed a general research questionnaire (GRQ) to assess demographic background, academic and social support variables. They also self-reported current psychological distress, social difficulties and available coping resources. International students did not differ significantly from the Canadian students on symptomatic distress but did report greater social difficulty. The study also investigated the relationship between the psychosocial adjustment of international students and study variables. Social effectiveness was related to perceived English proficiency, sharing accommodations with Canadian persons and having physical and spiritual coping resources. Psychological well-being was related to understanding spoken English, social effectiveness, little emotional difficulty leaving home, spending less time with people who were also from foreign countries, and having physical and spiritual coping resources. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .A686. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-01, page: 0465. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1991.