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International Student Athlete

Title: International Student Athlete: An Acculturation Effect.
Name(s): Richards, Vernice, author
Tenenbaum, Gershon, professor directing dissertation
Ratliffe, Tom, university representative
Eklund, Robert, committee member
Ebener, Deborah, committee member
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: International students face deeper and more complicated transitional issues in addition to the "normal" transitional issues that student-athletes face (Boyer & Sedlacek, 1986; Hechanova-Alampay, Beehr, Christiansen & Van Horn, 2002). The process of transition from one culture to another is known as Acculturation (Castro, 2003). The role of gender, academic classification (time at the U.S institution), length of time in the U.S., and sport type, are examined in this study to elucidate their effects on the acculturation process. Questionnaires were used to examine participants' acculturation integration, orientation, acculturative stress and social support. Many mixed reviews in the current literature were echoed in the current study with few statistically significant results for the demographic variables investigated. Attention is drawn to the study design and complex nature of culture studies as avenues necessary to be reviewed when reconsidering this topic (Castro, 2003). This investigation of acculturation is of great interest for coaches, athletic administration, and athlete support professionals who seek to work and further support this growing population of international-student-athletes (Connell, 2007).
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9076 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 28, 2014.
Keywords: Acculturation, International Student, Student-Athlete
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Gershon Tenenbaum, Professor Directing Dissertation; Tom Ratliffe, University Representative; Robert Eklund, Committee Member; Deborah Ebener, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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