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Chinese and Taiwanese International College Students' Participation in Social Organizations: Implications for College Counseling Professionals


concerning this article should be addressed to Pei-Chun Tsai, Department ofPsychology, Iowa State UniversityWWII2 Lagomarcino HallAmes, IA 50011-3180 (e-mail:


This qualitative focus group study explored the meaning of Chinese and Taiwanese international students' lived experiences in social organizations. Participants were 9 Chinese and Taiwanese international college students in a midwestern U.S. university. The analyses uncovered 7 themes: social support, recreation, emotional support, practical benefits, contributions to the organizations, commitment toward organizations, and stressors associated with participation. Implications of the findings for college counseling professionals are discussed.