Request for African Student Participants from Muuka Hlupho Dabali (Edith Cowan University)

My name is Muuka Hlupho Dabali and I am currently studying at Edith Cowan University (Western Australia). I am conducting a research project as a part of the requirements of my Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours degree and would like to recruit participants through this website.

My aim is to recruit roughly 100 participants. The study aims to better understand the role social support plays in the relationship between stress and psychological distress in African international university students. This will requirel participants to complete an online questionnaire. The findings will provide evidence of the factors that influence the levels of stress experienced by African international students in Australia.

This study seeks participants from across Australia, from as many universities or other tertiary institutions as possible to increase its generalisability. Participation is invited from African students enrolled full-time with International student status. It is anticipated that the data from the study will be used in research publications, academic presentations and made available for dissemination to lecturers, university leaders, universities, educational authorities and professional bodies. The study is being conducted by myself and being supervised by Dr Jennifer Loh of Edith Cowan University.

Participation in the study is designed to not be burdensome, taking approximately 5 to 10 minutes for completion. For ease of use and anonymity, participants are invited to complete an online questionnaire. The questionnaire can be accessed at

This project invites African international students to report on a range of stress-related factors, social support perceptions and psychological outcomes. Most previous research in this area has focused on the African international student group in an American context, however, researchers have generally not sought participants from any universities and tertiary institutions across Australia. Given the findings of studies conducted in the United States of America, it is of concern to the researcher that similar findings may be evident in Australia, therefore data obtained from this study may play a key role in the delivery of more directive and specialized psychological support services for this population.

Questions about the study can be directed to
Principal Investigator: Muuka Hlupho Dabali
School of Psychology and Social Sciences
Edith Cowan University
Phone: 0415280554

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