Anguish and anxiety, stress and strain: Attending to writers’ stress in the dissertation process

Published on Dec 1, 2017in Journal of Second Language Writing 3.32
· DOI :10.1016/j.jslw.2017.11.005
Lisa Russell-Pinson1
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(University of North Carolina at Charlotte),
M. Lynne Harris1
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(University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Abstract In this Short Communication, we report on some stresses experienced by L2 writers in the dissertation process and argue that when these emotions go unacknowledged and unaddressed, they can result in deleterious outcomes for these writers. Drawing on our work with writers in dissertation support groups, we note the sources of stress for the L2 students; while the genesis of some of the L2 students’ stress may be attributed solely to challenges in text production, other factors, such as interpersonal difficulties and intrapersonal conflicts, also contribute to stress and can negatively affect dissertators’ writing progress. We conclude by suggesting ways that writing professionals can assist writers in coping productively with the stresses experienced during the dissertation process.
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Dharmananda Jairam3
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(Pennsylvania State University),
David H. Kahl4
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Introduction The doctoral degree is considered the pinnacle of education, and it is pursued by nearly 100,000 students in the U.S. (Carnegie Classification, n.d.). Doctoral students are among the best and brightest students, having championed the highly competitive selection process (Ali & Kohun, 2006; Gilliam & Kitronis, 2006). However, 50% of doctoral students will not finish their degree (Walker, Golde, Jones, Bueschel, & Hutchings, 2008), and 40,000 drop out every year (Ali & Kohun, 2007). I...
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Published on Jan 1, 2014in College student journal
Bong Joo Hwang1
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Robert Bennett1
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James Beauchemin2
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Utilization rates of counseling services by international students continue to be low despite the growing presence of this population in American colleges and universities. There are a number of adjustment factors and stressors that can have a detrimental impact on the mental health and well-being of international students, as well as a variety of barriers to accessing supports. This study examined international student utilization of counseling services at a Midwestern University over a period ...
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Published on Jan 1, 1985
Steve de Shazer15
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"Join de Shazer behind the on-way mirror for a fascinating journey into the land of brief therapy, where the emphasis is not on how problems arise, but on how to solve them. His case examples read like well-written detective novels, and his concept of 'skeleton key' interventions is both provocative and promising. This is a book that is firmly grounded in the tradition of Milton Erickson, but that extends Erickson's work into new areas. Highly recommended." -Bill O'Hanlon, Editor, Milton H.Erick...
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Published on Jan 1, 1983
Jane B. Burka1
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Lenora M. Yuen1
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The classic guide to understanding and controlling one of the most common and frustrating behavioral problems. Based on years of counseling, psychologists Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen offer a probing, sensitive, and sometimes humorous look at the problem that troubles everyone. Revealing the reasons we put off tasks-fears of failure, success, control, separation, and attachment-the authors outline a practical, tested program to overcome procrastination. Candid and understanding, is a must-ha...
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Published on Feb 20, 2014
Christine Sorrell Dinkins3
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Jeanne M. Sorrell16
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Preface 1. Writing the Unknown 2. Mystery, Confusion, Isolation 3. Realigning Relationships 4. Transformation of the Self 5. Advisor and Committee: Dancing with Strangers 6. End of a Journey and a New Beginning 7. Looking Back Appendix: Gathering the Stories
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Published on Oct 1, 1988
Martha Davis4
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Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman1
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Matthew McKay5
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Now, America's most popular guide to fighting stress--with more than 200,000 copies sold--includes revised chapters on meditation, visualization, job stress, assertiveness, and five-minute relaxation techniques, plus instructions on how to record a personalized stress-reduction tape.
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Published on Feb 3, 2003in Journal of College Student Psychotherapy
Arpana G. Inman18
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(Lehigh University),
Michael E. Silverstein2
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(Temple University)
Abstract Dissertation work can be a challenging process. Some typical issues students experience include lack of support from significant others, conflict with authority figures, a feeling of disorganization, stress, burnout, and a sense of isolation. This article describes the development of a dissertation support group at a counseling center in a northeastern university. We examine the parallels between the dynamics within the group and the individual dynamics that each member experienced with...
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Published on Jan 1, 1984
Richard S. Lazanis65
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Susan Folkman54
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Here is a monumental work that continues in the tradition pioneered by co-author Richard Lazarus in his classic book Psychological Stress and the Coping Process. Dr. Lazarus and his collaborator, Dr. Susan Folkman, present here a detailed theory of psychological stress, building on the concepts of cognitive appraisal and coping which have become major themes of theory and investigation. As an integrative theoretical analysis, this volume pulls together two decades of research and thought on issu...
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Published on Apr 1, 1976in The Family Coordinator
Albert Ellis35
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Robert A. Harper3
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Published on Jan 1, 2008in Journal of American College Health 1.33
Mary A. Steinhardt25
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(University of Texas at Austin),
Christyn L. Dolbier16
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(East Carolina University)
Objective: In this pilot study, the authors examined the effectiveness of a 4-week resilience intervention to enhance resilience, coping strategies, and protective factors, as well as decrease symptomatology during a period of increased academic stress. Participants and Methods: College students were randomly assigned to experimental (n = 30) and wait-list control (n = 27) groups. The experimental group received a psychoeducational intervention in 4 two-hour weekly sessions. Measures of resilien...
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Published on Dec 1, 2018in Journal of Second Language Writing 3.32
Heather B. Finn1
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(Borough of Manhattan Community College)
Abstract There are several factors that contribute to a student’s struggles in an ESL writing course, and for community college students, these are often exacerbated by additional challenges like multiple jobs, family demands, and negative prior educational experiences. The myriad challenges that students face can present many obstacles, including course failure and the necessity to repeat the required writing class again, resulting in frustration, anxiety, and a lack of motivation. Considering ...
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Published on Apr 16, 2019in Higher Education Research & Development 2.01
Sylvia Anne Mackie (Swinburne University of Technology), Glen W. Bates16
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(Swinburne University of Technology)
ABSTRACTRecent research into the mental health of PhD candidates suggests that their high levels of stress could be caused in part or exacerbated by aspects of the doctoral education environment. However, the particulars of this environment have not been explored in consistent enough ways to provide a clear way forward for universities to respond to this issue. This article presents a systematic scoping review of the recent literature on this topic with the aims of collecting and consolidating t...
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Published on Mar 1, 2019in Journal of English for Academic Purposes 1.42
Ye Han2
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(Harbin Institute of Technology),
Fiona Hyland11
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(University of Hong Kong)
Abstract Although written corrective feedback (WCF) is often believed to evoke negative emotions, empirical studies on L2 students' affective reactions to this teaching and learning device are still lacking. Informed by research on academic emotions (Pekrun, 2006; Pekrun & Linnenbrink-Garcia, 2012), the paper reports on two case studies investigating Chinese university EFL students' emotional reactions to teacher WCF. Self-report data collected from retrospective verbal reports and interviews co...
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