Karren Shaalini Gunalan


Presentation: 4:30-6:30 p.m., LTC Forum



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India is the second leading country that sends international students to the United States (OpenDoors, 2021). Although Asian Indians are the second largest international student group in the U.S., little research exists on their well-being and help-seeking behaviors compared to their Chinese counterparts (Chennamsetti, 2020). Therefore, this qualitative study explores Asian Indian international graduate students’ experience of their mental wellness across the six dimensions of the wellness (Hettler, 1976) and their help-seeking behaviors. The narratives of 10 Asian Indian international graduate students have been analyzed. Results show differences in how male and female students reflect on their mental well-being and help-seeking behavior. Male Asian Indian international graduate students tend to focus on being optimistic whereas female Asian Indian international graduate focus on how they were feeling, naming them as stressors, and seeking help when needed. The findings from this study provide specific implications for future practices and research on the mental wellness and help-seeking behavior of Indian International Graduate students.

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Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Graham Hunter

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


Stander Symposium, School of Education and Health Sciences

Narratives of Indian International Graduate Students’ Experiences in Relation to Their Mental Wellness and Help-Seeking Behavior