Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Anthony R. Paquin (Director), Dr. Jacqueline Pope-Tarrence, Mr. John Baker

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This study examined the relationships between international students’ ethnic identity, self-efficacy, uncertainty avoidance, and their socio-cultural adjustment. A total of 65 international students (aged 18 to 33 years) from seven countries completed the online questionnaire. As hypothesized, path analyses demonstrated a positive relationship between students’ self-efficacy and their socio-cultural adjustment. International students’ uncertainty avoidance had a negative relationship with their self-efficacy, but a positive relationship with ethnic identity. The hypotheses that international students’ ethnic identity and uncertainty avoidance are negatively correlated to their socio-cultural adjustment were not supported in the present study.


Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology | Social Psychology