Title

Study Abroad Reentry: Emotional Aspects

Date

5-30-2013 11:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Columbia Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Psychology Presentation Session 1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Victor Savicki

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Study abroad can impact a student’s worldview, cultural identity, and broaden their adaptive behavioral repertoire. This study used a survey and interviews to examine study abroad reentry and the relationships between experienced affect upon return and variables such as difficulties in readapting to the home culture, length and perceived positiveness of the study abroad experience. It was hypothesized that students who reported a more difficult reentry transition would report more negative affect. This was supported, and several additional correlations were discovered, including a correlation between cultural distance and reentry difficulty. The reentry process seems to show a complicated interplay between psychological processes.

Final honors thesis available for download: http://digitalcommons.wou.edu/honors_theses/8/.

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May 30th, 11:00 AM

Study Abroad Reentry: Emotional Aspects

Werner University Center (WUC) Columbia Room

Study abroad can impact a student’s worldview, cultural identity, and broaden their adaptive behavioral repertoire. This study used a survey and interviews to examine study abroad reentry and the relationships between experienced affect upon return and variables such as difficulties in readapting to the home culture, length and perceived positiveness of the study abroad experience. It was hypothesized that students who reported a more difficult reentry transition would report more negative affect. This was supported, and several additional correlations were discovered, including a correlation between cultural distance and reentry difficulty. The reentry process seems to show a complicated interplay between psychological processes.

Final honors thesis available for download: http://digitalcommons.wou.edu/honors_theses/8/.