University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study examined the nature and extent of the relationship between studying abroad, sense of community, and well-being. Participants completed a demographic questionnaire, the Sense of Community Index, and the Perceived Wellness Scale via an online survey emailed to juniors and seniors (n = 267) at a university in southern California. The results of the study suggested: 1) sense of community and well-being are significantly related (r = .35, p < .001), 2) those who study abroad (n = 149) differ significantly from those who do not study abroad (n = 118) on sense of community (p < .001, d = .52) and well-being (p = .03, d = .27), and 3) sense of community is a mediator of the relationship between study abroad experience and well-being. These findings have important implications for any institute which seeks to promote well-being.
Rider, Raymond and Miller-Perrin, Cindy
"Sense of community as a mediator between study abroad experiences and perceived well-being,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 29:
1, Article 28.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol29/iss1/28