Exploring the Relationship Between Personality Traits and Homesickness Among International Students

Authors

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

Keywords:

openness to experience, extraversion, agreeableness, personality, homesickness, conscientiousness, neuroticism

Abstract

Globally, international education has emerged as a phenomenon that supports the development of several cultural perspectives. However, there are many challenges for students who study abroad. They often have to adapt and get used to new environments, which may be stressful and cause homesickness. The purpose of the current study aimed to investigate the relation between homesickness and personality traits (extraversion, agreeableness, openness to experience, consciousness, and neuroticism among international students. A sample of 110 students (55 men and 55 females) from a number of ethnic backgrounds, including Middle Eastern, Asian, and African descent, were recruited for the study. Pearson Correlation was calculated to test the hypothesis. The results found a significant positive correlation between homesickness and personality traits (agreeableness, extraversion, consciousness, and openness to experiences). However, homesickness was shown to be negatively correlated with the neuroticism trait. The objective of the research aims to understand the psychological aspects of international students and to provide personalized therapies that will facilitate a seamless transition while focusing on their adjustment and well-being in a new setting.

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Published

15-03-2024

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