6th International Conference on Depression, Anxiety and Stress Management
Anadolu University, Turkey
Title: The effect of psychoeducational intervention on adjustment, coping self-efficacy, and psychological distress of international students in turkey”
Biography: Aman Sado Elemo
Statement of the Problem: Studying abroad can be an exciting opportunity as it can be quite stressful. However, together with the developmental concerns, international students may encounter additional stressors while adjusting to living and studying in a new culture. Nevertheless, there is a dearth in the literature relating to psychological interventions to support their adjustment. The growing number of international students’ population in Turkey seemingly necessitates undertaking need based psychological support services. Hence, the current study involves a group program and examines its efficiency to enhance adjustments of international students.
Methodology & Theoretical Orientation: With a 2×3 controlled quasi-experimental group design, participants in the experimental group underwent eight weekly sessions of a psychoeducational program. The program was cognitive behavioral in nature and contained every session with one and half hours each that proceeded for eight consecutive weeks. A total of 18 international students, as interventional and control groups, completed measures on coping self-efficacy, psychological adaptation and psychological distress at three-time points (baseline, postintervention and six months after intervention).
Findings: Posttest results indicate significant differences in coping self-efficacy in favor of the experimental group. However, compared to control, the experimental group showed no statistically significant differences in psychological adaptation and distress levels. Follow-up results revealed significant changes in all the three measures in favor of the experimental group.
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