Factors that contribute to homesickness among students in Thailand

  • Darrin Thomas Asia-Pacific International University, Saraburi 18180, Thailand
Keywords: cellphones, homesickness, resilience, structural equation modeling, Thailand


Homesickness is a problem among students at many universities. Few studies have examined this phenomenon and its relationship with cellphone involvement, resilience, social integration, and academic integration. Employing a cross-sectional survey methodology with stratified sampling at a university in Thailand found that a structural equation model was able to explain 36 percent of the variance of homesickness (n¼ 220). Through improving academic and social integration, resilience, and decreasing cellphone involvement, steps can be taken to lessen the impact of homesickness upon students.


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