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“Oh, I’m Here!”: Social Media’s Impact on the Cross-cultural Adaptation of Students Studying Abroad
Todd L. Sandel
2014-01-28
Source PublicationJournal of Intercultural Communication Research
ISSN1747-5759
Volume43Issue:1Pages:1-29
Abstract

This study investigates the perceptions and interpretations of social media and online communication by students engaged in study abroad programs. In-depth interviews were conducted and analyzed with 23 American and international students who completed or were engaged in a study abroad program. Results suggest that online communication enhanced the students' experience, providing help with sociocultural skills, informational needs, relational bonds, and psychological well-being. Different platforms were preferred when communicating with friends versus family and intimates. Online communication between co-nationals from the student's home country buffered both the sojourning student's acculturative stress, and the stress and concern of distant family members. 

KeywordCross-cultural Adaptation Facebook Online Communication Study Abroad
DOI10.1080/17475759.2013.865662
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Language英語English
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Corresponding AuthorTodd L. Sandel
AffiliationDepartment of Communication, University of Macau
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Todd L. Sandel. “Oh, I’m Here!”: Social Media’s Impact on the Cross-cultural Adaptation of Students Studying Abroad[J]. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research,2014,43(1):1-29.
APA Todd L. Sandel.(2014).“Oh, I’m Here!”: Social Media’s Impact on the Cross-cultural Adaptation of Students Studying Abroad.Journal of Intercultural Communication Research,43(1),1-29.
MLA Todd L. Sandel."“Oh, I’m Here!”: Social Media’s Impact on the Cross-cultural Adaptation of Students Studying Abroad".Journal of Intercultural Communication Research 43.1(2014):1-29.
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