On the year abroad experience and positive wellbeing [chapter]

Hilary Potter
2020 Perspectives on the year abroad: a selection of papers from YAC2018  
This chapter examines the impact of the Year Abroad (YA) on mental health and wellbeing, arguing that whilst we tend to be systemically and culturally inclined to focus on and mitigate negative impact, we overlook the benefits. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data from students surveyed on placement in Germany and Austria, and on mental health research, this chapter highlights the positive impact of the YA, even where students are faced with challenging situations. It suggests a
more » ... suggests a correlation between a range of factors including linguistic competence and otherness, facilitating a sense of wellbeing not attainable in a first language setting. These findings are indicative, suggesting that further, in-depth longitudinal research is warranted.
doi:10.14705/rpnet.2020.39.1048 fatcat:gi7m2hdl2bgsjjm4i4w2qbd2be