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Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

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Year 2015 
Volume 13 
Issue 4

Acculturative Stress: Untold Stories of International Students in the U.S.

Marcus Valenzuela
California State University, Bakersfield

Sergio Palacios
New Mexico State University

Melissa Intindola
Western Michigan University

2015 13 (4) Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

Abstract

International students (ISs) are important actors in higher education institutions (HEI) as they bring diversity, status and revenue. However, ISs stories of acculturative stress in HEI have remained untold in the current research. While there have been quantitative attempts to understand the links of such stress to negative symptoms affecting ISs, the current literature fails to address the emic aspects, origins, and occurrence of such symptoms. In response to this oversight, this paper presents the results of an ethnographic study. spearheaded by an international student sensitive to these acculturative stressors at a large land grant institution in the Southwestern United States. Based on field observations and semi-structured interviews, this article contributes to the literature by addressing existing gaps in three main ways. First, by providing insight on how sources of acculturative stress are produced. Second, by allowing for increased understanding of the prevalence of resulting symptoms. Finally, it provides insightful implications for HEI.

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Acculturative Stress: Untold Stories of International Students in the U.S. (2015). Acculturative Stress: Untold Stories of International Students in the U.S. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, 13(4), 5-20. (Original work published 2015)

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“Acculturative Stress: Untold Stories Of International Students In The U.s.”. 2015. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, vol. 13, no. 4, 2015, pp. 5-20.

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“Acculturative Stress: Untold Stories Of International Students In The U.s.”. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 13, no. 4 (2015): 5-20.