International students and mental health

Helen Forbes-Mewett, Anne-Maree Sawyer

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Since the early 2000s, reports of increased rates of mental ill health among young people worldwide have received much attention. Several studies indicate a greater incidence of mental health problems among tertiary students, compared with the general population, and higher levels of anxiety, in particular, among international students compared with domestic students. Australia is host to many thousands of international students of an age when mental illnesses are most likely to swface. However, this issue has received little attention from Australian researchers. This article reports on in-depth interviews with 16 professionals working with international students at an internationalized university.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661 - 677
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of International Students
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • international students
  • youth
  • mental health
  • health-care
  • integration and adjustment
  • higher education

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