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dc.contributor Stitt, Carmen R. en_US
dc.contributor Zuckerman, Sean David, 1970- en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Omori, Kikuko en_US
dc.contributor.author Umer, Rida
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-31T22:10:12Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-31T22:10:12Z
dc.date.issued 2021-03-31
dc.date.submitted 2020-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/218891
dc.description Thesis (M.A., Communication Studies)--California State University, Sacramento, 2020. en_US
dc.description.abstract Majority of Pakistani postgraduate international students are accompanied by their co-ethnic dependents in the U.S., however, the acculturative process of this understudied population in a new cultural environment with a spouse is still unknown. This could be due to stereotypical view of international students as ‘single’ based on contextual gap in the previous literature. Drawing on Kim’s Integrative Communication theory, the role of marital satisfaction as mediator was introduced as a new predictor of acculturation to expand the contextual element in the theory. Furthermore, the co-ethnic partners who travel with the primary sojourner from one cultural environment to another do not fit in the definition of ‘ethnic’ groups as in Kim’s Integrative Communication theory. The present study, therefore, examined the role of contact quality in host interpersonal communication and consumption of American media outlets (television and websites) to predict acculturation of Pakistani graduate students in the U.S. using marital satisfaction as a mediator. Data was sourced from across the U.S., using snowball sampling via surveys. The quantitative analysis revealed that marital satisfaction with co-ethnic partner mediated the relationship between their contact quality in host interpersonal communication and psychological well-being, which was one of the two studied outcomes of acculturation in the present study. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Communication Studies en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Acculturation en_US
dc.subject International students en_US
dc.subject Marriage and cultural adjustment en_US
dc.subject Pakistani students en_US
dc.title Marital satisfaction and acculturation: a study of Pakistani international students with dependents in the U.S. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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