First Advisor

Devorah A. Lieberman

Term of Graduation

Spring 1990

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech Communication


Speech Communication




Japanese students -- Education (Higher) -- United States, Intercultural communication -- United States, Stress management



Physical Description

1 online resource (4, ix, 122 pages)


The significant increase of Japanese students studying in the United States suggests an increase in interactions with Americans. However, it does not mean that Japanese are aware of intercultural communication. They may experience stress in their interactions and their acculturative process because of cultural differences. They also may try to cope with the stress in their own way. Their stress and coping strategies may affect their academic performance, which is the most important aspect in their student life.

The purpose of this study is to examine whether there is any relationship among communication stressors, coping strategies, perceived academic self-efficacy, self-statement of grade point average (GPA), and biodemographic variables. The questionnaire was handed to 100 Japanese university students studying in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.


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