RESEARCH ARTICLE

Time Perspective and the Psychological Well-Being of Chinese University Students adapting to Russia

Tatiana S. Pilishvili, * Open Modal Authors Info & Affiliations
The Open Psychology Journal 28 Feb 2017 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874350101710010011

Abstract

Background:

The purpose is to examine the specifics of time perspective and the psychological well-being of Chinese University students, who differ in their level of social-psychological adaptation to Russia.

Objective:

The psychological well-being and time perspective.

Method:

With the use of 5 questionnaire-type methodologies we conducted the study with 120 RUDN University students (60 men and 60 women from China).

Results:

The comparative and factor analysis reveal that there are differences in time perspective and psychological well-being. Students from the 1st group, who have been in Russia for less than one year, have adapted the least to Russian culture. They experience a low level of subjective well-being. The 2nd with approximately 3 years of adapting to a new culture shows instability in adapting. Their level of self-acceptance is average; they often experience emotional discomfort. The 3rd group with more than 5 years of immersion into a new culture, demonstrates a higher level of adaptation as well as a higher level of subjective well-being. This group is able to identify the positive experiences from their past and can relate to the uncertainty of their future optimistically. A link was found between maladaptation in the context of poor time perceptive, a negative view of one’s self in the past and the inability to intrinsically control ones present. The results received cohere with the concept of adaptation as a cyclical ever-increasing curve Y.Y. Kim.

Conclusion:

The observed differences can help to develop a program dedicated to the psychological adaptation of foreign students in Russia.

Keywords: Adaptation to Russia, Chinese international students, Emotional comfort, Psychological well-being, Social-psychological adaptation, Time perspective.
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