Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Jane M. Tram, PhD

Second Advisor

Shawn E. Davis, PhD

Third Advisor

James B. Lane, PhD


The current study has focused on shedding light on the brain drain phenomenon. This notion has been defined as talented and educated individuals leaving their home country to attend school in a more developed country, only to decide to remain abroad. The brain drain phenomenon has been studied extensively with regards to international countries, but the research with Hawai'i-resident and Hawai'i-born individuals has been lacking. In regards to Hawai'i, some Hawai'i-born or Hawai'i resident students choose to attend college in the mainland United States. Some of these students then choose to stay in the mainland after they have completed their degree. Specifically, we sought to determine the relationship between a student’s length of stay in the mainland and amount of family contact with the probability that the student will choose to remain in the mainland after school thus adding to Hawai'i’s Brain Drain. Participants were administered a demographic information form, length of stay questionnaire, family contact questionnaire, and brain drain questionnaire. No significant results were found regarding the hypotheses tested. Although the results from this study add to the dearth of Hawai'i research, the results should be interpreted with caution due to the small sample size.


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