A qualitative examination of culture shock and the influential factors affecting newly-arrived Korean students at Texas A&M University

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dc.contributor.advisor Eslami , Zohreh R . en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Burlbaw , Lynn en_US
dc.creator McLeod , Kent Doehr en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010 -01 -15T00 :12 :43Z
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T19 :32 :24Z
dc.date.available 2010 -01 -15T00 :12 :43Z
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T19 :32 :24Z
dc.date.created 2008 -05 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009 -05 -15 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2707
dc.description.abstract The primary purpose of the study was to reveal the perceptions of three newlyarrived male Korean students enrolled in Texas A &M University during the 2007 fall semester regarding their experiences with culture shock and the reasons they ascribed for this phenomenon through three in -depth , individualized interviews and weekly L1 journals . The manner in which they responded to the culture shock as well as the influential factors that assisted them in coping was also explored . By using a constant comparative method of analysis , the collected data was scrutinized and analyzed for emerging patterns . To assist in this process , the data was input into computer files and analyzed using the software program NVivo 7 . The findings uncovered the existence of some degree of culture shock for each of the three participants at different times throughout the semester . In particular , a comparatively much higher incidence of interpersonal and psychological symptoms of culture shock than of physiological ones was displayed . Strong support for the individual nature of culture shock was also exhibited . In addition , the participants ? perceptions of the experiences as well as their ability to cope or not cope with culture shock revealed a capacity to overcome obstacles and reflect upon differences . Support for the majority of the factors hypothesized to be influential in helping or hindering the participants ? ability to cope with culture shock was exhibited . The noteworthy impact of the participants ? personal outlook , marital status , length of stay in the U .S . , religiosity , and previous international experience on lessening the effects of culture shock was found . The influence of English , the university , and social connectedness , however , was important in increasing their adjustment stress . The cultural and ethnic differences between Korea and the U .S . were found to be the source of highly individual challenges faced by the participants during the study . As all the participants were males and their ages were within five years of each other , it was not possible to compare the influence of these variables among them . The only factor expected to have been influential in the participants ? adjustments to culture shock that was not evident was counseling . en_US
dc.format.medium electronic en_US
dc.format.mimetype application /pdf en_US
dc.language.iso en _US en_US
dc.subject qualitative en_US
dc.title A qualitative examination of culture shock and the influential factors affecting newly -arrived Korean students at Texas A &M University en_US
dc.type Book en
dc.type.genre Electronic Dissertation en_US
dc.type.material text en_US
dc.format.digitalOrigin born digital en_US


A qualitative examination of culture shock and the influential factors affecting newly-arrived Korean students at Texas A&M University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2707 .

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