Acculturation, perceived social dominance orientation, and perceived social support among European international students
This study investigated the relationships among perceived social dominance orientation, type of perceived social support, and acculturation of European international students in the U.S.. The 73 participants were international students from linguistically related countries in Europe. Path analysis was employed and, because a mediation effect could not be found, backward elimination multiple regression analysis was conducted. Results revealed significant relationships between perceived socializing social support by Americans and higher levels of acculturation to the United States (U.S.) and between perceived socializing social support by international students and lower levels of acculturation. There was also a significant relationship between emotional social support by Americans and higher levels of acculturation to the U.S. The results imply that distinguishing between different types of social support may be useful. Student support personnel are encouraged to educate students about differences in friendship norms and to promote student socialization with Americans if possible.
0282: Multicultural education
0525: Educational psychology