Sociodemographic Determinants of Acculturation Stress Among International University Students

  • Prashanth Talwar Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, University Malaysia Sarawak, Sarawak, MALAYSIA
  • Souba Rethinasamy Faculty of Language and Communication, University Malaysia Sarawak, Sarawak, MALAYSIA
  • Kartini Abd Ghani Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, University Malaysia Sarawak, Sarawak, MALAYSIA
  • Kock Wah Tan Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, University Malaysia Sarawak, Sarawak, MALAYSIA
  • Nur Fatihah Mat Yusoff Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, University Malaysia Sarawak, Sarawak, MALAYSIA
Keywords: Acculturation stress, Acculturation factors, International students, Study abroad, Sociodemographic correlates


The study attempted to identify which sociodemographic factors predict acculturation stress and also to examine the levels of acculturation stress amongst 208 international students enrolled in a Malaysian university. A convenience sampling technique was implemented for data collection by utilizing a self-reported questionnaire. As for the sociodemographic factors predict acculturation stress multiple regression analyses demonstrated that among the independent variables, family support, year of study, difficulties in comprehending lectures, and strains of relationship with boyfriend/girlfriend had significant predictive effects on acculturation stress. Young and male international students expressed significantly higher levels of acculturation stress than their older and female counterparts. Students who acknowledged strong family support and were single depicted lesser acculturative stress compared to those with inadequate support and were in a romantic relationship. As for the levels of acculturation stress, findings revealed that acculturation stress was relatively high amongst most of the international students. Perceptions of discrimination and rejection, as well as feelings of homesickness and fear were portrayed by large numbers of students.


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How to Cite
Talwar, P., Rethinasamy, S., Abd Ghani, K., Tan, K. W., & Mat Yusoff, N. F. (2022). Sociodemographic Determinants of Acculturation Stress Among International University Students. EDUCATUM Journal of Social Sciences, 8(1), 23-30.