Education Doctorate

Year Approved


First Advisor

Paulson, Craig


Life satisfaction has a profound impact on individuals. Social and emotional well-being are tied to positive life satisfaction. This quantitative study explored the relationship between life satisfaction and the variables of acculturative stress, social connectedness, and perceived social support. International students come from countries around the world to the United States (U.S.) in hopes of a bright future. They come from a variety of cultures many that are different from the traditions and cultures of U.S. Cultural differences and the student’s challenge to adapt causes acculturative stress. This stress is as a barrier to life satisfaction. This study identified that adolescent international students are similarly impacted by acculturative stress as undergraduate and graduate college students. The data pointed to strong positive relationships between life satisfaction and social connectedness as well as a strong inverse relationship between life satisfaction and acculturative stress.

Degree Name

Education Doctorate

Document Type

Doctoral dissertation