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Title: Understanding acculturation processes in the social networking age : a mixed-methods study
Author: Sanghvi, Miloni
ISNI:       0000 0004 9353 3569
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Regent's University London
Date of Award: 2019
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Migration provides individuals the opportunity to incorporate international experience into their portfolios. Parallel to this, advancement in online communication methods has enabled instant connections between individuals globally. The use of social networking sites (a development that is not represented in existing models of acculturation) may transform our understanding of acculturation processes, including how individuals psychologically and socio-culturally. This research aims to understand individuals' engagement with social media during their experience of acculturation. The study employs a concurrent mixed-methods design. A total of 78 international students aged 18-29, who have moved to the UK for higher education, are sampled, as this represents the first point of move for many adults. With enhanced connection worldwide via social networking, contemporary experiences of acculturation have transformed, suggesting that existing models of acculturation are inadequate for practitioners' use to understand adjustment. This research aims to inform practitioners working with expatriates in contexts including university and work place counselling services, to build their understandings of the experience of digital natives and to enhance their responses to difficulties in adaptation and acculturation. This research also provides recommendations to clinicians with guidance on developing an online presence, offering digital native migrants a more accessible and flexible option to work with them.
Supervisor: Ayling, Russel ; Henton, Isabel ; Kasket, Elaine Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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