Effects of social networks on cross-cultural adjustment

Tomoko Tanaka, Jiro Takai, Takaya Kohyama, Takehiro Fujihara, Hirofumi Minami

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Abstract

A total of 221 responses were obtained from a survey of international students in Japan, regarding the facilitative effects of social network formation on their adjustment. Regression analyses were conducted to explore the relationships among four types of adjustment revealed in a preceding study ("general adjustment," "self-control," "affiliative" and "dependent"), network size, demographic variables, expected social support, etc. For each adjustment type, predictive variables were identified. Two of the variables that showed network effects on adjustment were Japanese language proficiency and race (Asians vs. Westerners). From these results, it would appear that social network formation does facilitate adjustment, and insight into the effect of adjustment type and demographic variables on network functions was obtained. Furthermore, the actual conditions regarding network formation of international students in Japan were revealed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-24
Number of pages13
JournalJapanese Psychological Research
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cross-cultural adjustment
  • International students
  • Network size
  • Social network
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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