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Table 4 Main categories, themes and codes from data in relation to positive (+) and negative (−) daily life transitions

From: ‘A melting pot of cultures’ –challenges in social adaptation and interactions amongst international medical students

Categories (Daily Life Transitions) Themes Codes
Making friends Cross cultural relationships (+/−) New social networks (−)
Levels of friendships (+)
Friendship attributes (+)
Friendship facilitators (+)
Commonalty of medicine (+)
Meeting places (−) Appropriateness of space (−)
Alcohol (−)
Personal space (−) Greeting practices (−)
Gender (−)
Religion (−)
Maintenance of own culture (+/−) Dress code (+/−)
Acceptable mixing (+/−)
Cross-cultural communication Proficiency in English Language (+) English demographics (+)
Perceptions of proficiency (−)
Implications of proficiency (−)
Social proficiency in communication (−) Colloquiums (−)
Accommodation of diversity (−)
Number of languages (+)
Other Daily Life Transitions Discrimination (−) Examples of discrimination (−)
Implications of discrimination (−)
Social/Work balance (+) Managing household chores (−)
Facilitators in attaining balance (+)