Title: Acculturative stress: effect on academic performance of rural migrant students

Authors: Monica S. Benita; M.V. Supriya

Addresses: Department of Management Studies, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600-025, India ' Department of Management Studies, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600-025, India

Abstract: When a person migrates from rural to urban he has to adjust himself to urban culture, values and attitudes of it. But individuals find it difficult to adapt themselves to the urban culture and they are in turn affected by acculturative stress. In this study students who come from rural areas of Tamil Nadu to Chennai a cosmopolitan urban area are studied. The influence of acculturative stress on their academic performance is tested. This study also attempts to analyse the influence of demographic variables on acculturative stress and academic performance of students. A series of linear regressions were conducted on the data. The results denote that age of the students, stream of study and the migration type have a significant relationship with the acculturative stress. Students were observed to have higher academic performance (mean = 73.57) and lower acculturative stress (mean = 66.69). Practical implications to various stakeholders are discussed.

Keywords: students; acculturative stress; academic performance; rural migrants; migrant students; urban culture; cities; India; demographics; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBEX.2016.077620

International Journal of Business Excellence, 2016 Vol.10 No.1, pp.78 - 89

Available online: 07 Jul 2016 *

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