Cross-Cultural Adjustments and International Collegiate Athletes

Authors

  • Nels Popp Illinois State University
  • Adam W. Love Mississippi State University
  • Seungmo Kim University of Tennessee
  • Mary A. Hums University of Louisville

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.3.1.163

Abstract

Ridinger and Pastore (2000a) proposed a theoretical model to measure international student-athlete adjustment to college consisting of: (a) adjustment factors, (b) antecedent dimensions to those factors, and (c) outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine whether the antecedent factors listed by Ridinger and Pastore were indeed the best indicators of successful adjustment to college for international migrant athletes and to determine if other antecedent factors were also relevant to adjustment. Multiple qualitative interviews with 13 international athletes from four NCAA Division I institutions were conducted. Data collected through those interviews supported all of the antecedent dimensions of the Ridinger and Pastore (2000a) model with the exception of the perception dimension subheading of faculty/staff. New dimension subheadings (a) sense of adventure, (b) previous international travel experience, and (c) family infuence emerged from the data and were added to a revised model of international athlete adjustment.

Author Biographies

Nels Popp, Illinois State University

Popp is with the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Love is with the Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS. Kim is with the Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Hums is with the Department of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

Adam W. Love, Mississippi State University

Popp is with the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Love is with the Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS. Kim is with the Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Hums is with the Department of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

Seungmo Kim, University of Tennessee

Popp is with the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Love is with the Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS. Kim is with the Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Hums is with the Department of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

Mary A. Hums, University of Louisville

Popp is with the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Love is with the Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS. Kim is with the Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Hums is with the Department of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

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Published

2010-06-01

How to Cite

Popp, N., Love, A. W., Kim, S., & Hums, M. A. (2010). Cross-Cultural Adjustments and International Collegiate Athletes. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 3(1), 163–181. https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.3.1.163