The quality of relationships in the comparison of cultural influence on the psychosocial well-being of university students in Australia
AuthorLee, Jin Su
AffiliationDepartment of Social Work, Melbourne School of Health Sciences
Document TypePhD thesis
CitationsLee, J. S. (2013). The quality of relationships in the comparison of cultural influence on the psychosocial well-being of university students in Australia. PhD thesis, Department of Social Work, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne.
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© 2013 Dr. Jin Su Lee
The present study explored the quality of the parent – child relationships and peer relationships in a sample of university students in Australia in relation to different cultural influences, as well as assessing the association between relationships and psychosocial well-being by using a mixed methodological approach. A sample of 68 Australian students, 31 Asian Australian students and 88 Asian international students aged 18 to 24 participated in a web-based survey. In addition, 24 students of the 188 survey participants were interviewed. It was found that more than half of the total number of participants currently experienced considerably high levels of stress level. Building a trusting relationship with parents and peers and being independent from parents were most important to the independent and individualistic Australian students who experienced higher psychosocial well-being then their Asian peers. Asian students presented individualistic and independent values as a factor impacting on their academic adjustment and social adjustment of their university life in Australia. Asian international students reported distant relationships with their peers, which they saw as contributing to their low social adjustment level in Australia. Suggestions for research and practice as well as limitations are presented.
Keywordspsychosocial well-being; university students; relationships; culture
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