In this chapter, the data presented in Chaps. 5, 6, and 7 was discussed and interpreted within the context of the fresearch purposes and questions outlined in Chap. 1. The data was also discussed in reference to the literature presented in Chap. 2. This chapter begins with a summary of the study of Chinese international students’ stressors, coping strategies, and help-seeking beliefs and concludes with a discussion of the limitations of the study.
Summary of the Study
The purpose of this study was twofold. First, it was an investigation of the stressors and concerns of a sample population of Chinese international students. Second, this study sought to broaden the understanding of Chinese international students’ coping beliefs and behaviors. It was also the aim of this study to contribute to the process of informing future services and programs for Chinese international students studying in the United States.
The study combined both qualitative and quantitative approaches in the gathering of data. This study adopted a design of mixed methods—the sequential explanatory design. This design was characterized by the collection and analysis of quantitative data followed by the collection and analysis of qualitative data. It was a descriptive study which explored the stressors and coping behaviors of Chinese international
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students. Data was collected by means of a self-designed questionnaire: the Survey of Stressors and Coping Strategies of Mainland Chinese Students, which was completed by 60 students at Arizona State University. Data was also collected by semi-structured interviews of students in different departments. Broadly based, open-ended questions were designed, along with a list of more focused questions (see Appendix B) to guide each interview. The interview format was piloted on three mainland Chinese students. Nineteen students were interviewed for the final study.