With the advancements of today’s society and a global economy, many workers and students are traveling abroad for work and education. Staying in another country can be very stressful. Some individuals may experience more stress than others. This study investigated a Chinese student sample in the United States to determine which individuals would experience a better adjustment in the United States. A questionnaire with items measuring extraversion, neuroticism, and openness to experience, identification with all humanity, demographic information, cultural relocation variables, (e.g., language skills, length of stay) and cultural adjustment was administered to Chinese students at Western Kentucky University. Results showed that extraversion was positively correlated to adjustment and neuroticism was negatively correlated to adjustment. No significant results were found for openness to experience, identification with all humanity, or with the demographic or cultural relocation variables.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Piper, Angel M., "Characteristics of Chinese International Studies in a USA University that Effect Cultural Adjustment" (2009). Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 219.