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Homesickness and Socio-Cultural Adaptation towards Perceived Stress among International Students of a Public University in Sabah: An Exploration Study for Social Sustainability

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Faculty of Psychology and Education, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu 88400, Malaysia
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Centre for Research in Psychology and Human Well-Being, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi 43600, Malaysia
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Centre of Global Business and Digital Economy, Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi 43600, Malaysia
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Labuan Faculty of International Finance, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Labuan International Campus, Jalan Sungai Pagar, Federal Territory of Labuan 87000, Malaysia
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Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4924; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094924
Received: 28 March 2021 / Revised: 16 April 2021 / Accepted: 21 April 2021 / Published: 28 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development)
When adolescents go overseas to study, they have to face the challenge of adapting to local cultures, homesickness, and dealing with the stress. This study aimed to investigate the socio-cultural adaptation, homesickness, and perceived stress among international students in relation to social sustainability in a public university in Sabah, Malaysia. This research also related how international students manage both positive and negative impacts on their social life in university. The study included all international students in that university except Bruneian and Indonesian students. The sample group comprised 100 male and 100 female students. This study used four questionnaires: (i) Perceived Stress Scale, (ii) Homesickness Scale, (iii) Socio-cultural Adaptation Scale, and (iv) Revised Sociocultural Adaptation Scale. The results indicated that the socio-cultural adaptation and perceived stress levels were significantly correlated, r (198) = 0.354, p < 0.05. The level of homesickness and perceived stress were also significantly correlated, r (198) = 0.314, p < 0.05. The outcome of this study can help overseas students lead better lives abroad, while the university can arrange relevant activities to help them better adapt to local cultures and perceive less stress. The present study underlined the importance of increasing socio-cultural adaptation and social sustainability and decreasing homesickness among international students studying at the public university in Sabah. View Full-Text
Keywords: international students; social sustainability; socio-cultural adaptation; homesickness; stress international students; social sustainability; socio-cultural adaptation; homesickness; stress
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Rathakrishnan, B.; Bikar Singh, S.S.; Kamaluddin, M.R.; Ghazali, M.F.; Yahaya, A.; Mohamed, N.H.; Krishnan, A.R. Homesickness and Socio-Cultural Adaptation towards Perceived Stress among International Students of a Public University in Sabah: An Exploration Study for Social Sustainability. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4924. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094924

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Rathakrishnan B, Bikar Singh SS, Kamaluddin MR, Ghazali MF, Yahaya A, Mohamed NH, Krishnan AR. Homesickness and Socio-Cultural Adaptation towards Perceived Stress among International Students of a Public University in Sabah: An Exploration Study for Social Sustainability. Sustainability. 2021; 13(9):4924. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094924

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Rathakrishnan, Balan, Soon S. Bikar Singh, Mohammad R. Kamaluddin, Mohd F. Ghazali, Azizi Yahaya, Noor H. Mohamed, and Anath R. Krishnan. 2021. "Homesickness and Socio-Cultural Adaptation towards Perceived Stress among International Students of a Public University in Sabah: An Exploration Study for Social Sustainability" Sustainability 13, no. 9: 4924. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094924

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