Title

Reentry Issues upon Returning from Study Abroad Programs

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2008

Advisor

Richard Wielkiewicz, Psychology

Abstract

This study examined the psychological effects associated with returning from studying abroad for 661 American college students from the College of Saint Benedict and St. John's University. The survey contained a Brief Screen for Depression, a scale measuring social support from different relationships, a Reentry Shock Scale, and attitude statements that related to anxiety level and social functioning. The responses from students who studies abroad were compared to those that did not. Juniors who studied abroad scored significantly higher on the Reentry Shock Scale than juniors that did not. Contrary to prior research and theory, study abroad had no detectable influence on students' romantic relationships.

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