This study investigates the role that family communication patterns may play in predicting student experiences by looking at the experiences of native United States and international college students. Experiences in college are shaped by various factors including self-efficacy, stress, loneliness and depression. Data were collected from a sample of 152 students – 90 being U.S. natives studying at UCF and 62 being international students studying at UCF. Results indicated that conversation orientation, or a more open-conversation household, was positively linked with higher academic self-efficacy and negatively linked with stress, mainly for U.S. students. Conformity orientation, or a less open-conversation household, was positively correlated with loneliness and depression for both U.S. and international students.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Popescu, Iulia V., "A Study of Family Communication & the College Experience: A Comparison Between U.S. & Global Students" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 746.