Assessing changes in mood state in university students following short-term study abroad

Abstract

Short-term study-abroad (STSA) programs provide a more accessible alternative for students who would otherwise not consider engaging in academic activities overseas. Though improvements in the levels of intercultural sensitivity and general academic aspects attained by STSA programs have been previously examined, much less is known regarding the impact such programs have in the mood of students. Here, we examined changes in mood state associated with participation in an STSA program in a group of Japanese university students. Mood states were assessed using the Profile of Mood States (POMS), the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS), and the Gratitude Questionnaire (GQ-6). Results indicated that the POMS mean scores of Vigor-Activity and SWLS peaked at the time immediately following participation in the STSA program; moreover, the same scores were found to be at comparable levels even one month after the end of the program. These results indicate that participation in STSA programs can positively influence the mood state of university students, suggesting that the benefits associated with participation in such programs extend beyond typically reported improvements in the academic domain.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0261762
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry & Vision Science Research Group (OVSRG)
College of Health & Life Sciences > Clinical and Systems Neuroscience
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Centre for Vision and Hearing Research
College of Health & Life Sciences
Additional Information: © 2021 Yamanaka et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research Article,Biology and life sciences,Social sciences
Publication ISSN: 1932-6203
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2024 07:19
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2022 14:20
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-12-23
Accepted Date: 2021-12-09
Submitted Date: 2021-04-15
Authors: Yamanaka, Tsukasa
Yamagishi, Noriko
Nawa, Norberto Eiji
Anderson, Stephen J. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-5719-2846)

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