Poster Presentation 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology 2019

Affirmative Interventions To Promote International Workers’ Well-Being Using An Ecological Approach (#650)

Hang-Shim Lee 1
  1. KonKuk Univeristy, Konkuk University, SEOUL, South Korea

With a globalization movement, international workers including faculties and employees have been significantly increased in many countries. Tens of millions of people around the world identified themselves as international workers (Wikipedia, 2018). Most of the existing literature has primarily focused on examining how personal or internal factors (e.g., coping strategies, acculturation stress, language fluency, self-efficacy) impact the positive adjustment or well-being of international workers (Reynolds & Constantine; Flores, Lin, & Huang, 2005; Leong & Hartung, 2003). While these studies have provided good insight into the internal process that international workers undergo, it can be argued that a lopsided focus on internal factors as opposed to environmental factors, has inadvertently led to pathologizing of international workers. Further approaches are needed to explore the systemic factors that impact international workers’ well-being and optimal functioning. Thus, this round table will be discussed the various environmental or systemic factors in the multiple subsystems (i.e., microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem and macrosystem) that promote international workers including faculties at school and employees at companies/organizations using Bronfenbrenner’s (1977) systems-ecological model. The detail affirmative interventions from individual level, microsystem level (e.g., department, school, organization, association), to macro system level (e.g., visa issue, legal system) will be presented.