Do predictors of mental health differ between home and international students studying in the UK?
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AbstractPurpose Previous research has found that international students can experience poor mental health, low levels of life satisfaction, self-esteem and high levels of loneliness when studying in a foreign country. No study has directly compared these between international and home students studying in the UK. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach A total of 247 students completed an online survey at the University of Bedfordshire. Findings The hypothesis that international students experience higher loneliness, lower self-esteem, lower life satisfaction and poorer general mental health than home students was rejected. Home students had significantly lower self-esteem, life satisfaction and general mental health scores. Black ethnicity and home student status significantly predicted general mental health and self-esteem in regression analyses. The predictive utility of home student status was maintained when other variables were controlled for in regression models. Originality/value This research suggests that the UK universities should ensure that both home and international students are adequately supported for their mental health.
CitationJones CP, Lodder A, Papadopoulos C (2019) 'Do predictors of mental health differ between home and international students studying in the UK?', JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 11 (2), pp.224-234.