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Roles of Social Media in Social Support and Adjustment: A Study of International Students in the United States

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Based on a survey of international students enrolled in a U.S. university, this study examines how social media use is associated with perceived social support and adjustment when demographic and social psychological characteristics are controlled for. Our research shows that level of social media use is positively associated with level of perceived social adjustment but not with level of perceived social support. International students don’t feel comfortable discussing their distress via social networking sites due to complex cultural internetworking present on their social media sites. The results of this study indicate that in studying this topic we should take into account both common challenges in getting social support online and special circumstances facing international students. The current study offers scholarly and policy implications for providing relevant social, academic, and professional resources to international students in the United States—a group that has significantly grown in numbers in the past decade.
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Seo, Hyunjin., Harn, Ren-Whei., Ebrahim, Husain. and Aldana, Jose. "Roles of Social Media in Social Support and Adjustment: A Study of International Students in the United States" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ICA's 66th Annual Conference, Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, Fukuoka, Japan, Jun 09, 2016 <Not Available>. 2016-12-09 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1106295_index.html>

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Seo, H. , Harn, R. J., Ebrahim, H. and Aldana, J. , 2016-06-09 "Roles of Social Media in Social Support and Adjustment: A Study of International Students in the United States" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ICA's 66th Annual Conference, Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, Fukuoka, Japan Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2016-12-09 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1106295_index.html

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Abstract: Based on a survey of international students enrolled in a U.S. university, this study examines how social media use is associated with perceived social support and adjustment when demographic and social psychological characteristics are controlled for. Our research shows that level of social media use is positively associated with level of perceived social adjustment but not with level of perceived social support. International students don’t feel comfortable discussing their distress via social networking sites due to complex cultural internetworking present on their social media sites. The results of this study indicate that in studying this topic we should take into account both common challenges in getting social support online and special circumstances facing international students. The current study offers scholarly and policy implications for providing relevant social, academic, and professional resources to international students in the United States—a group that has significantly grown in numbers in the past decade.


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Comparing the Roles of Social Network Sites and In-Person Communications in Social Support, Sociocultural Adjustment, and Well-Being Among International Student Sojourners


 
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