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Recep Öztürk
Salih Murat Akkın
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Burak Önal
Harun Serpil
Yiğit Yurder
2020 Volume 10
Deomed Publishing
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Volume 10, Issue 1, April 2020,
Page(s): 27-37
Original Empirical Research
Received: November 1, 2018; Accepted: December 14, 2019; Published online: March 25, 2020
doi:10.2399/yod.19.015; Copyright © 2020, Deomed
Styles of Coping with Stress, Problem Solving Skills and Seeking Help Behaviors of Students Enrolled in University via Foreign Students Examination
Cansu Yelken1 ORCIDID, Hikmet Yazıcı2 ORCIDID (E-mail), Fatma Altun2 ORCIDID
1Araklı Saffet Çebi Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School , Trabzon, Turkey
2Department of Educational Sciences, Fatih Faculty of Education, Trabzon University, Trabzon, Turkey
*This research article is based on Cansu Yelek's Master's Thesis titled "Stress-coping Styles, Problem-solving Skills and Help-seeking Behaviors of Foreign Students Placed in a University through the Foreign Students Examination (YOS)" written under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hikmet Yazıcı and supported by Karadeniz Technical University Scientific Research Projects (BAP Y Lisans SYL-2016-5667).
With the implementation of Foreign Students Examination (YOS), a growing number of foreign students have begun to study in Turkish universities. However, linguistic and cultural differences in particular might be a source of problem during their studies in Turkey. Some psychological variables as well as attempts to get professional help have an impact on these students' adaptation. The main purpose of this study is to examine the international students' problem-solving skills, coping with stress, and seeking help behaviors. The participants consisted of 731 (Foreign= 287, Turkish= 444) university students. The findings revealed that the most important problems international students had to deal with were the difficulty of the lessons and being far from the family. The international students were found to seek psychological and academic help more often than Turkish students. The results showed that Turkish students' scores for seeking help were found to be significantly higher than their foreign peers. The Turkish students' scores of the social support subscale of the coping with stress scale were found to be significantly higher than the international students. The international students had significantly higher scores in the optimistic, submissive and helpless styles of coping. The international student group received significantly higher scores on the impatient and avoidant approaches sub-dimensions while the Turkish student group received significantly higher scores on the evaluative approach sub-dimension of the problem-solving scale. The results show that there are significant differences between the attitudes of Turkish and international students regarding the particular subdimensions of seeking help, coping with stress, and problem-solving skills. The results obtained from this study mostly coincide with the related literature.
Keywords: Coping, help seeking, international students, problem solving
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