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    Fluctuations in mental well-being during stay abroad

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Dewaele, L. (2021) Fluctuations in mental well-being during stay abroad. Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education 6 (2), pp. 214-243. ISSN 2405-5522.

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    Abstract

    This mixed methods study focuses on the effect of Study Abroad (SA) on the mental well-being of 33 Anglophone students who spent between 4 and 12 months in Francophone countries. It investigates the relationship between well-being and personality traits. Statistical analyses revealed no significant change in well-being between the start, the middle and the end of the SA. A closer look at individual patterns showed large fluctuations, with half of participants scoring higher and the other half scoring lower between the start and the middle of the SA. The narratives of three participants whose well-being scores increased most were not very different from the three participants whose well-being scores decreased most, and only (lower) Emotional Stability was linked with the increase in well-being. At group level, well-being was not significantly linked to personality traits. The apparent stability of well-being during SA seems to be the result of upward and downward patterns cancelling each other out.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): developmental trajectories, longitudinal, mental well-being, mixed methods, personality
    School: School of Arts > Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics (from 2021)
    Depositing User: Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2021 13:38
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 07:10
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/46114

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