Self-determined motivation for studying abroad predicts lower culture shock and greater well-being among international students: The mediating role of basic psychological needs satisfaction

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Yang, Ying, Zhang, Yixin and Sheldon, Kennon M.. (2018) Self-determined motivation for studying abroad predicts lower culture shock and greater well-being among international students: The mediating role of basic psychological needs satisfaction. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 63, pp. 95 - 104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2017.10.005
AuthorsYang, Ying, Zhang, Yixin and Sheldon, Kennon M.
Abstract

Study abroad programs are becoming increasingly popular, yet leaving home to live in a foreign country can be very stressful. We tested the idea that self-determined motivation to study abroad can prevent students from experiencing culture shock and support their subjective well-being, using a sample of 131 international students studying in the United States. After controlling for demographic variables, personality traits, length of stay in the United States, and external difficulties (e.g., language), self-determined study abroad motivation was associated with lower culture shock and greater contextual subjective well-being. Furthermore, basic psychological needs satisfaction fully mediated these relationships. The present study shows that international students’ motivation influences their acculturation, by helping them to meet their own needs in the new context. Theoretical and practical implications, as well as study limitations, are discussed.

Keywordsself-determined motivation; culture shock; subjective well-being; basic psychological needs satisfaction
Year2018
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Journal citation63, pp. 95 - 104
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0147-1767
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2017.10.005
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85032204908
Page range95 - 104
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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