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Publication Date

Spring 4-27-2016


Applied Behavior Analysis | Developmental Psychology | Multicultural Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Richard Wielkiewicz, Psychology


The current study examined the sojourner adjustment of U.S. college students studying abroad, international college students studying in the States, and first-year students adjusting to life in the first semester of their undergraduate careers. An online survey was distributed to 412 college students; it included the Sojourner Adjustment Measure (SAM), the Lifelong Learning Scale (WielkLLS), the Relational-Interdependent Self-Construal Scale (RISC), the Brief HEXACO Inventory of Personality, and the Social Media Use Integration Scale (SMUIS). The purpose of the study was to explore the relationships among major emerging adulthood transitions and various measures of adjustment to college. Results suggest that students tend to report different levels of adjustment at various stages of their academic careers, whether study abroad participants (US and international) or first-year students coming to college for the first time