Mehmet Avci

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Date of Award

Spring 2017



Degree Level


LCSH subject

Well-being--Phychological aspects.




1 online resource

Proquest Document ID





St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Texas). Department of Counseling

Size or duration

1 online resource (viii, 126 pages)

Document Type


First Advisor

Montilla, R. Esteban

Second Advisor

Thompson, Daniel J.

Third Advisor

Wooten, H. Ray


The international student population in the United States has increased exponentially over the past decade. Students are coming from many countries including Turkey who often face stressors proper of migration such as cultural uprooting, family disruption and identity challenges that might influence their wellness while in America. The total impact that this academic adventure has on Turkish’s international students is not well known as there is a dearth of scientific data addressing their total wellness and specially their psychological wellbeing from a holistic perspective. This research study examined the perceived total wellness of Turkish students living in the USA. Survey Research Design with a purposive sampling of 179 was used to analyze participants’ perception on wellness, level of self-determination, and basic psychological needs. The following four psychometrically sound instruments were utilized to gather the data: Perceived Wellness Scale, Perceived Competence Scale, Self-Determination Scale and Basic Psychological Needs Scale. The collected data were analyzed using IBM SPSS 24 for descriptive and inferential values. The results indicated that the perceived total wellness of Turkish international students was slightly low. In terms of the relationship between wellness and basic psychological needs, the results showed that autonomy, competence, and relatedness significantly predict Turkish international students’ wellness. Additionally, results displayed a strong association between self-determined way of functioning and Turkish international students’ overall wellness.

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