Thesis

A comparison of third culture and non-third culture college students

The differences between Third Culture Kids (TCKs) and non-Third Culture Kids (non-TCKs) in college on psychological well-being, perceived social support, and college adjustment were examined. The relationship between TCKs’ scores on perceived social support and scores on college adjustment were examined along with the relationship between TCKs’ scores on perceived social support and scores on psychological well-being were examined. Contrary to what was hypothesized, TCKs and non-TCKs in college did not differ on scores on psychological well-being, perceived social support, and college adjustment. There was no correlation among TCKs’ scores on perceived social support and college adjustment. There was a significant relationship among TCKs’ scores on perceived social support and scores on psychological well-being. These findings suggest that there are no differences between TCKs and non-TCKs in College on psychological well-being, perceived social support, and college adjustment. These results also suggest that there is a positive relationship between perceived social support and psychological well-being among TCKs.

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