A qualitative investigation of the cultural adjustment experiences of Asian international college women

Madonna G. Constantine, Mai Kindaichi, Sumie Okazaki, Kathy A. Gainor, Amanda Baden

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This qualitative study explored the cultural adjustment experiences of 15 Asian Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese international college women through semistructured interviews. By using consensual qualitative research methodology (C. E. Hill, B. J. Thompson, & E. N. Williams, 1997), 6 primary domains or themes related to these women's cultural adjustment experiences were identified via data analysis: their feelings and thoughts about living in the United States, perceived differences between their country of origin and the United States, their English language acquisition and use, their prejudicial or discriminatory experiences in the United States, their peer and family networks, and their strategies for coping with cultural adjustment problems. Implications of the findings for mental health practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-175
Number of pages14
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 May 2005



  • Asian international women
  • Cultural adjustment
  • International college students
  • Qualitative research

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