"Acculturative Stress Experiences And Coping Approaches Among First-Year Undergraduate Students And Fresher Working Professionals From Bangalore”

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Junie Elizabeth , Neethika Raveendran


Many participants experienced acculturative stress during their transition to the Bangalore campus, in part due to conflicting cultural values and different coping strategies. This stress often led to depressive symptoms. Over the year, participants built stronger support networks. The relationship with academic advisors seemed to positively influence participants’ emotional wellbeing. It was found that social support was better observed in collectivistic groups rather than individualistic groups. The resolution of the research is to examine the effects of associated factors of acculturation -sociocultural adaptation on acculturative stress of first-year students and fresher employees in Bangalore. The study implemented a theoretical model framed by Berry’s acculturative framework on acculturative stress and scrutinized the association amid the variables. The researchers theorized that socio-cultural self-efficacy would envisage lower levels of acculturative stress among pupils. To estimate the role of acculturative stress and related factors secondary data analysis was done.  The findings of the secondary data are discussed in relation to enhancing international students’ acculturative experience when relocating to a new environment. Both independent variables (socio-cultural self-efficacy) exhibited a significant, relationship with acculturative stress. Results describe that socio-cultural self-efficacy suggestively predicted acculturative stress. Many members experienced acculturative stress throughout their shift to the Bangalore campus, in part because of inconsistent cultural ideals and diverse coping approaches. This stress is repeatedly directed to depressive symptoms. Over the year, members made sturdier sustenance networks.

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