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Study of the effect of perceived similarity on quality of relationships between Chinese international students and their roommates

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Title: Study of the effect of perceived similarity on quality of relationships between Chinese international students and their roommates
Authors: Cao, Lu
Issue Date: Aug 2011
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2011]
Abstract: Roommate relationships are important to college students, especially to international students who are away from their families and sojourning abroad. In order to explore Chinese international students' experiences sharing living space with their roommates, this study interviewed 12 Chinese international students who each shares one room with a roommate in Hawaii. An additional 29 students who also have had this experience were also surveyed.
The results indicated that perceived similarity in personality is unimportant to Chinese international students' evaluation of building positive relationships with their roommates. One of the major reasons is that they have fewer opportunities to interact with their roommates and other people, because of the novel sojourning environment. Within these few interactions with their roommates, their self-disclosures are practically oriented and low in intimacy, so that they do not require sharing similar personalities with their roommates. The key variables that are associated with Chinese international students' evaluation of building positive roommate relationships were also identified in this study.
Description: M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2011.
Includes bibliographical references.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/101517
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