Role Learning as a Coping Strategy for Uprooted Foreign Students

  • Paul B. Pedersen
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


Foreign students are uprooted both in their temporary adjustment to the host country, which is unfamiliar to them, and, following the completion of their studies, once again back home, which has changed in their absence. In some cases, the foreign students experience a greater adjustment in returning to their once-familiar home country than in their original host country. The problems of cultural adjustment for foreign students are as great as or greater than those experienced by permanent immigrants or tourists and business personnel located more temporarily in a foreign culture.


Coping Strategy Host Country Home Country Role Conflict Brain Drain 


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  • Paul B. Pedersen
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  1. 1.Culture Learning InstituteEast-West CenterHonoluluUSA

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