141st APHA Annual Meeting

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Experience of lifestyle changes among middle eastern graduate students in the United States

Monday, November 4, 2013

Salman Alzayani, MD, MSc , Community Medicine & Health Care, University of Connecticut, Vernon, CT
- Background Lifestyle is the way a person lives, it is a characteristic bundle of behaviors that makes sense to both others and oneself in a given time and place. Students who pursue their degrees away from their cultural norms have different experiences. -Purpose Discuss the effect of cultural and environmental changes on individual's behavior. -Significance Several international studies have revealed high rates of health problems among students and those conducted in the United States have reported increase in stress among students in various fields of study. -Methodology Colaizzi's phenomenological descriptive method of inquiry. An exhaustive description was created from the themes and the formulated meaning and was adjusted and validated by the interviewees, then the fundamental structure was developed accordingly. - Findings/Results Thirty eight significant statements have been extracted from the transcription of the interviews and transferred into formulated meaning. Statements were sorted into 9 themes: Away from home: homesickness, school is challenging and stressful, it is not cold it is freezing, lack of physical activity, social norms and peer pressure, dietary patterns and available options, away from home and arriving to new home, time is money and day to day expenses. - Conclusion/Recommendations Students' behavior and lifestyle have been affected in different ways, some were positively affected and some were negatively affected. Students counseling services should be available in the schools for the international students to help them and their families to handle the changes they face before starting and during their studies in the Unites States.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the effect of cultural and environmental changes on individualís behavior.

Keywords: School Health, Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content I am responsible for because I am the researcher who conducted the study. I am an MD with MSc in health policy and population studies. I am currently a doctoral student in public health.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
University of Connecticut Public Health Student

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.