Providing a holding environment to international students to promote successful adjustment

Liza Bee Kuan Ng

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Various factors influence international studentsa?? adjustme nt to studying overseas. The ease in which a new language and culture is embraced is a well acknowledged attribute. The other less often recognized and acknowledged aspect is the studentsa?? ability to temporary relinquish the comfort of familiar home environment and to manage separation anxiety in order to accommodate to a new culture. Stu dying away from home is a challenging experience often fraught with anxiety. Winnicotta??s theory of a??holdinga?? environment provides a good model for ameliorating potential separation as well as psychological problems amongst international students. The con cept of a??holdinga?? proposed by Winnicott is particularly relevant in the experience of International education as going overseas for further studies at a critical developmental stage, before returning home is an interim period to adulthood. a??Holdinga?? refer s to understandi ng and empathy but also to perceived psycho -social support. Knowledge of the function of a??holdinga?? in International education could contribute not only to an understanding of adjustment but also to an understanding of mental health among the population. Serious mental health problems have been reported among International students and further understanding of preventive measures could reduce the likelihood of mental breakdown. This paper discusses ways to provide a a??holdinga?? environment to assist international students to adjust more successfully to a new culture and country.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th ISANA International Education Association Conference Proceedings
EditorsJohn Pickering
Place of PublicationChristchurch New Zealand
PublisherISANA International Education Association
PagesE - E
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780975718018
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventISANA International Education Conference 2005 - Christchurch New Zealand, Christchurch New Zealand
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …


ConferenceISANA International Education Conference 2005
CityChristchurch New Zealand
Period1/01/05 → …

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