A meaning-making model of post-migration growth for mainland Chinese university students in Hong Kong

Jiayan PAN, Shengquan Ye, Chen Chen*, Crystal Park

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Abstract

Studies of stress-related growth have demonstrated the central role of meaning-making processes in the occurrence of growth following stressful life experiences, but few have examined its role in the context of acculturation. This study developed and tested a meaning-making model of post-migration growth using bootstrap-based mediation analysis with a sample of 489 mainland Chinese university students in Hong Kong. The data were collected through an online cross-sectional survey. The results showed that acculturative stressor was a significant risk factor and that sense-making coping and core belief re-examination acted as significant protective factors for post-migration growth. Sense-making coping and core belief re-examination, in sequence, partially mediated the relationship between acculturative stressor and post-migration growth. This model demonstrates the importance of the cognitive processing of meaning-making in Chinese students’ post-migration growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Volume69
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Chinese
  • International students
  • Meaning-making
  • Post-migration growth

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