Title page for ETD etd-09262005-135714


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Koyama, Chieko
URN etd-09262005-135714
Title Acculturation Stress and Alcohol Use Among International College Students in a U.S. Community College Setting
Degree PhD
Department Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Belli, Gabriella M. Committee Co-Chair
Bodenhorn, Nancy E. Committee Co-Chair
Lawson, Gerard F. Committee Member
Madison-Colmore, Octavia D. Committee Member
Ng, Kok-Mun Committee Member
Keywords
  • International students
  • Drinking Motivations
  • Acculturation Stress
  • Alcohol Use
Date of Defense 2005-09-12
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Alcohol use among international students in a U.S. community college setting was explored in regard to the interrelationships with acculturation stress and drinking motivations. Misuse of alcohol has been acknowledged as a serious problem on American college campuses. A positive relationship between stress and alcohol use has been documented among those who lack internal and external resources and support systems. International students have been recognized as higher-risk than other college students due to acculturation stress. However, very few studies have investigated the drinking behaviors of this population. To fill this research gap, a survey was conducted with non-immigrant international students (F-1 students) (N = 126) and immigrants international students (non-F-1 students) (N = 136) enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in a U.S. community college. The results, which were derived from responses to three published instruments, Index of Life Stress (ILS), Core Alcohol and Drug Survey (CADS) Community College Long Form, and Revised Drinking Motivation Questionnaire (DMQ-R), as well as the researcher-made demographic information sheet, indicated that these groups were not engaged in abusive drinking behavior. This finding may reflect the support systems available to these students in an ESL setting and their family/friend networks. However, moderately strong zero-order correlations between acculturation stress and drinking motives to control negative affects were revealed. Further discussions and implication are provided.
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