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Australasian Journal of Social Science
  Year: 2015 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 20-33
DOI: 10.3923/aujss.2015.20.33
 
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Psycho-educational Support Groups and International University Student Adjustment in Malaysia: A Qualitative Inquiry

Niloofar Vaziri Naeeni, Zuria Mahmud, Amla Bt. Mohd. Salleh, Salleh Amat, Marlyna Maros and Michael M. Morgan

Abstract:
This study was a qualitative research about improving 16 international students’ adjustment at University Kebangsaan Malaysia after 5 weekly psycho-educational support group sessions. Data was collected through focus group interview, journal reflection and observation. Interviews video-taped and transcribed and all data managed by Nvivo8. Results indicated most important adjustment problems among international students included poor English language, communication with local society as well as other society, hot and humid weather in Malaysia, spicy food, new academic environment and financial issues. International students showed better adjustment after finishing 5 session psycho-educational support group. Factors that contributed them to better adjustment were sharing experience with others, feeling similarity, improving English ability during sessions. Results of current research helped international students department to improve their program for international students.
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Niloofar Vaziri Naeeni, Zuria Mahmud, Amla Bt. Mohd. Salleh, Salleh Amat, Marlyna Maros and Michael M. Morgan, 2015. Psycho-educational Support Groups and International University Student Adjustment in Malaysia: A Qualitative Inquiry. Australasian Journal of Social Science, 1: 20-33.

DOI: 10.3923/aujss.2015.20.33

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=aujss.2015.20.33

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