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Psychological health of doctoral candidates, study-related challenges and perceived performance

Published on Apr 16, 2018in Higher Education Research & Development 2.01
· DOI :10.1080/07294360.2018.1425979
Km Barry17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Tasmania),
M Woods6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Tasmania)
+ 2 AuthorsAngela Martin17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Tasmania)
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ABSTRACTPsychological distress is prevalent in doctoral degree training and affects students' completion time. It is crucial to monitor the amount of distress experienced and understand the causes for it to inform the type of support most needed. This mixed method study explored challenges related to candidature, self-reported progress and measures of perceived and actual psychological distress with a convenience sample of 81 doctoral candidates in an Australian university. Using validated survey instruments, participants reported higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress than age-matched general population normative data. Additionally, those who self-reported being behind or exceeding their study schedule had significantly higher scores for depression, anxiety and stress than those who reported they were meeting schedule. Conversely, stage of candidature did not affect any of these attribute scores. The responses to open-ended questions about challenges associated with doctoral study were coded and...
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Published on Jun 1, 2019in Studies in Educational Evaluation 1.10
Lau Lilleholt2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Copenhagen),
Anders Aaby1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Southern Denmark),
Guido Makransky12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Copenhagen)
Abstract Many university students report being stressed which has been linked with various negative outcomes. The primary purpose of this study was to explore the selection effects of different admission procedures on students’ stress level. The sample consisted of 196 students who had been admitted to the psychology program at the University of Southern Denmark based either on their grade point average (admission procedure 1), or a combination of a cognitive test and multiple mini interviews (a...
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Published on Nov 2, 2018in Journal of American College Health 1.33
Km Barry17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Tasmania),
M Woods6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Tasmania)
+ 2 AuthorsE Warnecke5
Estimated H-index: 5
(University of Tasmania)
AbstractObjectives: To examine the impact of guided mindfulness practice on psychological distress and psychological capital (hope, optimism, resilience, and efficacy) in doctoral candidates. Participants: Recruitment of a convenience sample of doctoral candidates occurred in July 2015 and participants were randomly allocated to the control or intervention group (38 and 34 participants completed the trial, respectively). Methods: A single-blinded, randomized controlled trial with intention-to-tr...
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Published on Apr 21, 2019in Educational Research and Evaluation
Piia Näykki6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Oulu),
Arto Ahonen4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Jyväskylä)
+ 1 AuthorsKirsi Pyhältö19
Estimated H-index: 19
(University of Oulu)
ABSTRACTThis study examines first-year student teachers’ (N = 310) self-evaluated, study-related anxiety and exhaustion, and self-regulated learning (SRL) skills. Our presumption is that feelings of anxiety and exhaustion can be reduced with cognitive and motivational SRL skills. The association of cognitive and motivational SRL skills with feelings of anxiety and exhaustion were analysed with multiple multivariate regression analysis. The results indicate that high time- and study-environment m...
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Published on Apr 16, 2019in Higher Education Research & Development 2.01
Sylvia Anne Mackie (Swinburne University of Technology), Glen W. Bates17
Estimated H-index: 17
(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 Jan 31, 2019in Journal of Further and Higher Education
Jonathan Cisco2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of the West of Scotland)
ABSTRACTImpostor phenomenon (IP) refers to an overwhelming feeling of intellectual fraudulence and affects individuals across a number of fields. Academia provides an environment in which these feelings can flourish, particularly within postgraduate students. In spite of the research exploring these feelings, we know little about how to reduce them in academia. Clinical research has identified guiding principles to assist those affected, particularly through mentorship. This article describes a ...
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Xueyu Wang (Huaqiao University), Chun Wang (Southwest University of Political Science & Law), Jian Wang (Southwest University of Political Science & Law)
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