Resilience, Optimism and Social Support among International Students

  •  Fatemeh Sabouripour    
  •  Samsilah Roslan    


This study focuses on the examination of the relationship between resilience, optimism and social support amonginternational students. International students who are studying as foreign students tend to experience greaterstress and anxiety during their study. They need to adjust to the new environment and overcome challenges. Theresilience level of students is very important as it can help them adjust their life pressures and stresses. Thecurrent study aims to look at the levels and patterns of resilience, optimism and social support amonginternational students. The instruments used were Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) for resilience,Life Orientation Test Revised (LOT-R) for optimism and Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support(MSPSS) for social support. A total of 291 international students were involved in the study. The findingsrevealed a significant difference in the resiliency level across races, with African students scoring higher thanothers. The regression analysis employed showed that optimism (B=. 593) and social support (B=. 204) aresignificant predictors of resilience.

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