Conceptualizing stress and coping strategies of Korean social work students in the United States: A Concept mapping application

Jong Serl Chun, Dennis L. Poole

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Abstract

The number of Asian international students pursuing graduate degrees in social work in the U.S. has increased dramatically in recent years, especially among Koreans. Despite the growth and the need for culturally competent practices in higher education, no research has been devoted to the adjustment problems of this population. This study is the first of its kind in exploring stress and coping strategies of Korean international students in graduate social work education. Concept mapping revealed five major clusters of stressors: academic problems, financial difficulties, cultural barriers, psychological problems, and family concerns. Five major coping strategies emerged as well: psychological coping, physical coping, problem solving, social support, and entertainment. Social work schools and departments should demonstrate cultural competence with this population by providing support services to help these students cope successfully with their new environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Teaching in Social Work
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Concept mapping
  • Coping
  • Korean students
  • Social work education
  • Stress

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