Gender-Based Analysis of Homesickness and Personality Traits among International Students

Authors

  • Goolnaz Mohamud Chandigarh University
  • Srinetra Reddy Madderla Chandigarh University
  • Dr Raskirat Kaur Chandigarh University

Keywords:

openness to experience, extroversion, agreerableness, personality traits, homesickness, gender, conscientiousness, neuroticism

Abstract

The global expansion of education has facilitated greater connectivity and advancement opportunities for individuals and societies across the centuries. At its core, the global expansion of education has enabled individuals to transcend geographical and cultural boundaries, forging connections with others from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Importantly, the link between personality traits and homesickness underscores the significance of individual differences in adapting to new environments, with specific traits predisposing individuals to heightened susceptibility or resilience to homesickness. The present study aimed at investigating the prevalence of homesickness among genders, while also assessing the personality traits exhibited by foreign students, both males and females. A sample of 110 students, equally divided between 55 males and 55 females, representing diverse cultural backgrounds spanning Asia, Africa, and the Middle East was recruited. To test the hypotheses, independent sample t-test was computed. The results showed no significant gender differences in homesickness levels. However, females exhibited higher levels of neuroticism compared to males, whereas males demonstrated greater openness to experience. Understanding how gender influences these dynamics sheds light on nuanced variations in adjustment experiences among males and females in unfamiliar settings. Additionally, recommendations have been provided to support students in navigating the transition process smoothly.

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Published

15-03-2024

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