Uncertainty Reduction in Initial Interaction of Collectivist and Individualist Students
Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Counseling
Counseling, Leadership and Special Education
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.
© Janet S Swann
Swann, Janet S., "Uncertainty Reduction in Initial Interaction of Collectivist and Individualist Students" (1997). MSU Graduate Theses. 36.