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Stressors impacting the performance of graduate construction students: comparison of domestic and international students

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posted on 2018-10-01, 00:00 authored by Imriyas KamardeenImriyas Kamardeen, Riza Yosia Sunindijo
Research suggests that the mental health of university students is poorer than that of the general population in many countries. This research investigated the stressors, coping strategies, and mental health conditions of local and international graduate students of construction management in Australia and their impact on academic performance. An online questionnaire survey, administered with graduate construction students in Australian universities, received 107 valid responses. Data analysis revealed that (1) balancing work, family, and academic demands is the top stressor for local students, while international students are often worried about finding a job after graduation and face adjustment challenges; (2) academic-related stressors are significant for both groups of students; (3) both groups practice more problem-focused than emotion-focused coping strategies; (4) no significant differences exist between their mental health conditions; and (5) local students perform better academically than their international counterpart. The study uncovered stressors specific to local and international students that lower their academic performance and completion rates, respectively; universities can utilize this knowledge to tailor pertinent intervention programs such as counseling and alternative educational pathways.

History

Journal

Journal of professional issues in engineering education and practice

Volume

144

Issue

4

Article number

04018011

Pagination

04018011-1 - 04018011-9

Publisher

American Society of Civil Engineers

Location

Reston, Va.

ISSN

1052-3928

eISSN

1943-5541

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, American Society of Civil Engineers