Higher Education

, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 247–265 | Cite as

Relationship Between Adjustment and Support Types: Young and Mature-aged Local and International First Year University Students

  • Sheryl RamsayEmail author
  • Elizabeth Jones
  • Michelle Barker


First year university is an important transition context for students. The present study examined the relationship between adjustment and support types, sources and levels of support, and satisfaction with levels of support, for first year students in an Australian university. Comparisons were made between young (17–21 year olds) and mature-aged students and local and international students. Findings indicate that well-adjusted students reported higher levels of social companionship support than the less adjusted group. Many students would have liked more support overall. In comparison to the local group, international students would have liked to receive more emotional, practical and informational support. The implications for service provision and university strategies are discussed.


international students mature-aged students support university adjustment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheryl Ramsay
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elizabeth Jones
    • 2
  • Michelle Barker
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ManagementGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Applied PsychologyGriffith UniversityQueenslandAustralia
  3. 3.Department of ManagementGriffith UniversityQueenslandAustralia

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