Thesis Title

Uncertainty Reduction in Initial Interaction of Collectivist and Individualist Students

Date of Graduation

Fall 1997

Degree

Master of Science in Counseling

Department

Counseling, Leadership and Special Education

Committee Chair

Randy Dillon

Subject Categories

Counseling

Abstract

This exploratory study uses a qualitative methodology, in-depth interviews, to investigate the feelings of uncertainty of six international students within their first three semesters at a medium-sized university in the Midwestern United States. Participants described their feelings of uncertainty about: )a anticipated initial interactions in a new culture; and b) recollections of initial interactions during their adjustment to campus life. Participants also described uncertainty reduction strategies they remembered using during their initial adjustment period and their assessment of the university's role in reducing those uncertainties. Data was thematically analyzed. "English language skills," "people/relationships," and "cultural differences," are a few of the themes generated by the data analysis.

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© Janet S Swann

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