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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.13 No.1 pp.131-147

Internal Resources, Adjustment, and Mental Health among Asian International Students: A Structural Equation Model

Jeongwoon Jeong1, Sojeong Nam2
1Individual, Family, & Community Education, The University of New Mexico
2Individual, Family, & Community Education, The University of New Mexico.
Corresponding Author
Jeongwoon Jeong, Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Jeongwoon Jeong, 504 Cornell Dr.NE, Simpson Hall, Room 129, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate a structural equation model in which Asian international students’ Internal Resources, as measured by self-efficacy, resilience, and help-seeking attitudes, predict their Mental Health, as measured by depression and anxiety, through Adjustment, as measured by five dimensions: personal-emotional adjustment, social adjustment, academic motivation, academic environment, and institutional attachment. The sample included 134 Asian international students in the U.S. higher educational institutions. The final model, with help-seeking attitudes removed due to its low factor loading in the measurement model, rendered an acceptable fit to the data, and Internal Resources significantly predicted Adjustment, which in turn significantly and negatively predicted Mental Health. The indirect effect from Internal Resources to Mental Health through Adjustment was found statistically significant as well, confirming the mediation effect of Adjustment on the relationship between Internal Resources and Mental Health. Implications and future research directions are discussed.