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dc.contributor.authorChai, Pei Minn
dc.date.accessioned2010-08-29T23:02:44Z
dc.date.available2010-08-29T23:02:44Z
dc.date.copyright2009
dc.date.issued2010-08-30
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/992
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to examine if religion/spirituality acts as a stress coping mechanism for a sample of international tertiary students who are often subjected to significant stressors related to acculturation and being away from their families. A sample of 515 domestic students and 151 international students at a New Zealand university were given a set of questionnaires to complete: the quality of life inventory including the additional special module about spirituality/religion/personal belief, both developed by the World Health Organization in collaboration with many member states; and the perceived level of stress scale and the ways of coping skills inventory. Results showed that there was no significant difference on religious/spiritual beliefs/personal belief total scores between international and domestic students. Nevertheless, when the data were analyzed by ethnicity, Asian students were significantly more religious/spiritual and used religion as one of the coping styles compared to European students. Therefore, the results confirmed that religion/spirituality functions as a coping mechanism for Asian students. Furthermore, the results support the main effect hypothesis, where religion/spirituality is beneficial for tertiary students, regardless of their level of stress.
dc.language.isoen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectQuality of life
dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectInternational students
dc.subjectCultural differences
dc.subjectSpirituality
dc.titleReligion/spirituality as a stress coping mechanism for international students
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Dissertations
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Health Science
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
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dc.date.updated2010-08-19T09:20:07Z


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