≪Organizer Abstract≫
As globalization becomes the theme of the 21st century, there is a sharply increased number of international students in many countries. While studying overseas, international students have to deal with many challenges and psychological distress. This symposium will focus on this unique population by investigating their adjustment process and examining how selected psychosocial factors contribute to their psychosocial wellbeing. The symposium's structure contains a general introduction, five research presentations, discussant's comments, and Q&A. The research projects of this symposium are all empirical studies conducted in Japan, China, and USA. Key factors examined in these studies include cultural identity, adult attachment, acculturation, perceived cultural distance, and repatriation distress. The results not only identify several risk factors shared by our cross-country samples but also highlight distinctive adjustment issues related to different cultural contexts. Future research directions and recommendations to provide more effective services to international students will be presented.
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