Brown, J. and Brown, L., 2013. The international student sojourn, identity conflict and threats to wellbeing. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.
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This article reports findings from a qualitative (interview) study of the identity conflict experienced by five international students at a university in the south of England for whom real and perceived challenges to national self-image were shown to be unsettling. The article suggests that our cultures of origin are centrally important to our private and personal sense of self and it argues that counsellor educators and counsellors need to understand their students’ and clients’ emotional and behavioural problems in the context of their cultural identities. In this research, there was a strong emotional response to threats to collective identity, which appeared to be influenced by both the degree of students’ cultural identification and their country’s global standing. The following themes were generated from a thematic analysis and capture the essence of student responses to perceived derogation of their national identity: re-identifying with the culture of origin; allying with the West; resisting the discourse of western supremacy; and acquiescence with stigma. Of importance to all participants’ perceptions of derogation was their location in the western world.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||* international students, * collective identity, * self-esteem, * well-being|
|Group:||School of Tourism > International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research|
|Deposited By:||Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic|
|Deposited On:||03 Dec 2012 11:58|
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