Predictors of post-migration growth for Chinese international students in Australia

Jiayan Pan*

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    Abstract

    The current research focus in acculturation study has been shifted to a resilience framework. Post-migration growth is one of the positive adaptation outcomes in cross-cultural adaptation. The objective of this study was to investigate post-migration growth and its predictors among Chinese international students in Australia. A total of 227 Chinese students were recruited from universities in a big Australian city, for a cross-sectional survey study. It was found that Chinese students developed a moderate level of post-migration growth in their adaptation to Australia. Hierarchical regression analysis showed (a) that duration of residence in Australia, challenge appraisal, sense-making coping and meaning-in-life were significant positive predictors; and (b) that acculturative hassles and threat appraisal were significant negative predictors of post-migration growth for Chinese international students in Australia. Theoretical implications for resilience research in acculturation and practical implications for resilience-based and meaning-oriented intervention for Chinese international students were suggested.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)69-77
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
    Volume47
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

    Scopus Subject Areas

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

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Acculturation
    • Chinese international students
    • Post-migration growth
    • Resilience

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