• Do International Students in the U.S. Feel Existentially Isolated?

      Burross, Heidi; Ab Latif, Faqryza; Pope, Elizabeth J.; Cheng, Katherine C. (The University of Arizona., 2021)
      Existential isolation is the subjective feeling of being alone in one’s experiences and is associated with several negative psychological impacts, such as depression and social withdrawal. This study investigates if international students in the United States (U.S.) experience greater existential isolation than domestic students, and explores other variables that might affect existential isolation, including the participants’ native language, gender, and length of stay in the U.S. A total of 217 international and domestic students at a southwestern university completed an online survey that included a measure on their level of existential isolation and demographic information. Results from an independent samples t-test indicated that international students reported higher levels of existential isolation than domestic students. However, this difference is not statistically significant. Similarly, participants who were non-native English speakers expressed greater existential isolation. Participants who identified as men had higher existential isolation than those who identified as women. International students who had been in the U.S. longer showed lower existential isolation. The implication of these findings, limitations of the study, and recommendations for future research direction are discussed.