The impact of SNS and Covid-19-related stress of Chinese students in Korea based on the transaction theory of stress and coping.

Publication date: Feb 15, 2024

Many countries attract international students to higher education programs to invest in human resources. However, living abroad can be stressful and adversely affect international students’ mental and physical health. This study, conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, investigated stress-related factors affecting the socio-psychological health of Chinese students, the greatest proportion of international students in Korea. The path coefficients and mediating effects of COVID-19-related stress factors were analyzed via a transaction-based stress model for 307 students using partial least squares structural equation modeling. Cultural adaptive stress had the greatest impact on mental health. Perceived financial stress was not statistically significant. Additionally, because the COVID-19 situation in Korea is relatively mild, anxiety regarding the pandemic did not lead to stress. However, excessive COVID-19-related information on social networking services negatively impacted mental health. Understanding the causes of stress and taking preemptive measures to prevent it will result in positive educational and social impacts for both international students and host countries. This study’s results have implications for the formulation of international student policies.

Concepts Keywords
Chinese COVID-19
Covid International student
Korea Mental health
Stressful SNS fatigue
Students Socio-psychological wellness


Type Source Name
disease MESH Covid-19
disease MESH causes
disease IDO host

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