Most studies examining acculturative stress have found that students of Asian decent experience higher levels of acculturative stress in American higher education institutions than do students of European decent, but effect sizes have ranged widely, and the results of comparisons between Asians and other ethnic groups are inconsistent. To obtain estimates of the magnitude of cultural group differences in acculturative stress, meta-analyses were conducted. Meta-analytic review of 13 studies exploring Asian students’ acculturative stress in higher education during the past two decades revealed that students of Asian decent experienced a higher level of acculturative stress when compared to students of Hispanic decent (g = 0.33) and students of European decent (g = 0.76), but there was no significant difference between Asian and African students (p > .05). This study supported evidence for Asian students’ acculturative stress and the need for further research on this educational issue.



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