Topic: Forensic Psychology
Presentation Type:  Communication for parallel session

STUDENT PSYHOLOGICAL ADAPTATION IN HIGHER SCHOOLS ABROAD

Mrs. Natalia Kuzichkina 1 and Dr. Lyubov Naydonova 1
Institute of Social and Political Psychology, Kiev, Ukraine1
Among the problems of up-to-date multilingualism researches student psychological adaptation in foreign higher schools is regarded as an extreme spontaneous situation with negative aftereffects like illness, behaviour deviation, lower educational quality or break in educational process. Here appears a necessity to study and optimize the process of adaptation in foreign society by raising the student pre-departure readiness for adaptation. The purpose of the investigation was to identify student psychological problems during their probation abroad and find the ways to overcome them. The method of submerged interview was applied. In order to get polar reactions we chose the respondents who represented different specialties, went to different countries, had different probation terms and different level of readiness for adaptation abroad (9 samples). Received empirical data proved that most of questioned students could not clearly imagine how to solve the problem of general orientation in a new life situation. The topical problems of badly prepared students were a feeling of loneliness, a discontent with life conditions, stable unwillingness to contact with foreigners as well as a cultural shock caused by the lack of actual cultural information about foreignersí behavioral peculiarities and generally accepted norms which were quite difficult to follow. The investigation showed low adjustment indicators for the questioned linguists, despite the fact of a high level of foreign language competence. The reason was a large general uncertainty and self-inefficiency while realizing their communicative potential. It appeared that such personal characteristics as well developed communication skills and readiness to solve all arising problems yourself are the guaranty of self-efficiency and high adaptivity abroad even for those people who do not know a foreign language at all. Methodology of raising the resource of student adaptation was developed on the basis of linguistic material and active socio-psychological training of students going abroad on probation.
*Correspondence concerning this abstract should be addressed to:
Natalia Kuzichkina
p.o. box 65 Kiev 04074
Ukraine
Keywords: adaptation abroad; socio-psychological training; foreign language competence;