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Glass, Chris R. and Christina M. Westmont. 2014. Comparative effects of belongingness on the academic success and cross-cultural interactions of domestic and international students. International Journal of Intercultural Relations 38 : 106–119.
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This study examines how (dis)similitudes in belongingness add to international and domestic U.S. university students’ cross-cultural relationships and academic achievement (AA). A sense of belongingness enhanced cross-cultural student interaction and considerably increased international students’ average AA. Cultural events, leadership programs, and community service amplified a sense of belongingness, moderated the impact of racism, and offered a solid base for investigating cross-cultural relationships. We discuss implications for resilience-based models of acculturation and propose interventions to enhance a sense of belongingness for all students.