Acculturative Stress, University Adjustment and Thriving in Foreigner Students

Author: Arifa Nawaz

Supervisor: Naumana Amjad, PhD

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2014-2016

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between acculturative stress, university adjustment and thriving in foreigner students who came to Pakistan to seek university education as well as the students from provinces and far off areas other than Punjab province. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a relationship in acculturative stress and university adjustment and thriving in foreign and regional students. Correlational research design was used. The sample was comprised of (N = 100) foreigner students and students of Balochistan. KPK, Sindh and Northern areas i.e. Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan including males and females with age range of 18 to 30 years from the University of Punjab Lahore, Pakistan. For assessment Acculturative Stress Scale for International Students (Sandhu & Asrabadi, 1994), Students Perception of University Support and Structure Scale (Wintre al., 2009) and Flourishing Scale (Diener & Diener, 2009) were used. Descriptive statistics, Pearson product moment correlation, regression and independent sample t test were applied for analyses. Results highlighted significant positive relationship in acculturative stress and thriving in foreigner students. Results also showed that stress is a predictor of university adjustment. Moreover, significant difference was found in foreigner and regional students in terms of thriving. Regional students had more university adjustment as compared to foreign students. There was no significant difference in males and females in terms of thriving and university adjustment.

Keywords: Acculturative Stress, University Adjustment, Thriving, Foreigner Students.

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