The Change in Adaptability and Satisfaction with Life in Students who Study Abroad

dc.contributor.advisorAngulo, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorFrost, Ashley
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-01T19:41:54Z
dc.date.available2018-03-01T19:41:54Z
dc.date.issued2017-12
dc.description.abstractThis thesis takes place in two parts: the first in a scientific study analyzing the change in students who study abroad. The second part of this thesis is a memoir of the author’s personal experience abroad. Previous research has suggested that study abroad is a powerful and transformative experience that increases open-mindedness and self- confidence (e.g., Dwyer, 2004). The objective of the current study was to investigate the changes that university students experience while abroad. Forty-one students completed online measures of personality, satisfaction with life, and adaptability before and after a five-week study-abroad experience. Satisfaction with life increased from before study abroad to after study abroad, with the trend toward significance (p = .057). Students’ adaptability from before to after studying abroad showed significant increase (p = .002). These findings will be useful for universities, students considering studying abroad, and social and personality psychologists interested in culture and identity.
dc.description.departmentHonors College
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent44 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationFrost, A. (2017). The change in adaptability and satisfaction with life in students who study abroad (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10877/6987
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectstudy abroad
dc.subjectpersonality
dc.subjectadaptability
dc.subjectlife satisfaction
dc.subjectPsychology
dc.subjectHonors College
dc.titleThe Change in Adaptability and Satisfaction with Life in Students who Study Abroad
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University

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