Dealing with Acculturative Stress: How International Students’ Personality Traits Help?
Keywords:international students, acculturative stress, personality traits
Studies on international students have gained popularity over the past decades, especially; international students’ experience on acculturative stress has been a significant research topic for researchers in different countries. However, there remains a gap in how personality traits influence the ways that international students deal with acculturative stress. This study aims to investigate acculturative stress-related experiences of five international students from five countries studying in Canada. Applying a collective case study as a qualitative research method and collecting data from semi-structured in-depth interviews, this study expects to describe levels of stress that these students encounter and explore how their personality traits shaped by social, cultural, and political contexts influence their acculturative stress levels and their ability to get over these experiences.
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