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Sociocultural adjustment among sojourning Malaysian students in Britain: a replication and path analytic extension

Swami, Viren and Arteche, Adriane and Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas and Furnham, Adrian (2010) Sociocultural adjustment among sojourning Malaysian students in Britain: a replication and path analytic extension. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 45 (1). pp. 57-65. ISSN 0933-7954

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00127-009-0042-4


The present study examined the sociocultural adjustment of 249 sojourning Malaysian undergraduates in Britain. One-hundred and ten Malay and 139 Chinese students enrolled in various courses answered a self-report questionnaire that examined various aspects of sociocultural adjustment and socio-demographics. Overall, Malay students reported significantly poorer sociocultural adjustment than Chinese students, as well as more negative outcomes on a range of predictors. Path analysis for the total sample showed that higher family income led to greater sociocultural adjustment, but partially because it led to more contact with host and conationals, better language proficiency, lower perceived cultural differences and less perceived discrimination. Moreover, participants with higher English proficiency were better adapted, but partially because they perceived less cultural differences as well as having more contact with host nationals. Additionally, individuals reporting better sociocultural adjustment also reported better health statuses. The same model was equally useful at predicting sociocultural adjustment for both Malay and Chinese participants. These results are discussed in terms of the role played by income in buffering against the negative aspects of sociocultural adjustment.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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