CROSS-CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT: IMPACT OF SELF-CONSTRUALS
Internationalization of education has created global platforms for students to explore new culture and gain knowledge from best educational institutions. On the flipside, these international students experience lots of social interaction and issues. Social Relationships experienced by international students in a global platform far from their home depends a lot on the person’s cultural orientation which can affect their social relationships. This present study examines the influence of demographic factors on the self-construal factors of international students, explored interdependent dimensions of self-construal, perception of international students towards the various dimensions of self-construal and at last how it’s impacting psychological adjustment of international students. Total 499 participant’s responses were collected. Factor analysis was conducted to extract the factors (independent and interdependent) categories of self-construal scale. Relationship between the independent and interdependent factors on psychological adjustment of international students was examined. Result obtained inferred that autonomy, direct communication, being unique and competition moderately helps the international students towards better adjustment in host environment while sociability, harmony & conformity also influenced them in better adjustment.
International Students, Self-construal, Interdependence, Independent, cross-cultural adjustment