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Acculturative Stress among Chinese International Students,Social Support and Use of Online Ethnic Social Groups

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International students in the United States may face a number of challenges related to the adjustment to a new cultural environment. The stress that they experience during the process of cross-cultural adaptation is called acculturative stress. The current study investigated relationship between acculturative stress among Chinese international students, social support and use of online ethnic social groups. A survey was conducted among 110 Chinese students who attended a southeast university in the United States. The results suggested that those who were more satisfied with their interpersonal social networks had less perceived discrimination, perceived hatred and negative feelings caused by change, but not less fear. Online group activity level was not significantly related to the degree of acculturative stress. However, students who experienced less acculturative stress reported receiving higher amounts of emotional and informational support from online ethnic social groups. In addition, Students who were less satisfied with interpersonal social networks tended to perceive more informational support from online groups than students who were more satisfied with interpersonal social networks.

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Ye, Jiali. "Acculturative Stress among Chinese International Students,Social Support and Use of Online Ethnic Social Groups" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, New Orleans Sheraton, New Orleans, LA, May 27, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112673_index.html>

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Ye, J. , 2004-05-27 "Acculturative Stress among Chinese International Students,Social Support and Use of Online Ethnic Social Groups" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, New Orleans Sheraton, New Orleans, LA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112673_index.html

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Abstract: International students in the United States may face a number of challenges related to the adjustment to a new cultural environment. The stress that they experience during the process of cross-cultural adaptation is called acculturative stress. The current study investigated relationship between acculturative stress among Chinese international students, social support and use of online ethnic social groups. A survey was conducted among 110 Chinese students who attended a southeast university in the United States. The results suggested that those who were more satisfied with their interpersonal social networks had less perceived discrimination, perceived hatred and negative feelings caused by change, but not less fear. Online group activity level was not significantly related to the degree of acculturative stress. However, students who experienced less acculturative stress reported receiving higher amounts of emotional and informational support from online ethnic social groups. In addition, Students who were less satisfied with interpersonal social networks tended to perceive more informational support from online groups than students who were more satisfied with interpersonal social networks.

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“You are not Alone for I am here with You”: An Examination of Acculturative Stress Interpersonal Social Support and Use of Online Ethnic Social Groups among Chinese International Students Paper submitted to the Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association for presentation at the annual conference New Orleans LA. Acculturative Stress Interpersonal Network and Use of Online Groups 1 Abstract The present study investigated acculturative stress interpersonal social support and use of online ethnic social groups among
.05* .03 Size -.02 .07 Satisfaction -.21* -.18* Level of Online Ethnic Group Activity -.02 .01 .14 .04 Adjusted R2= .11** Adjusted R2= .10*** F(6 105) = 3.05 p < .01 F(6 105) = 2.93 p < .001 ____________________________________________________________________________ Note. Gender was coded: male = 0 female = 1. * p < .05 ** p < .01 *** p < .001


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