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ERIC Number: EJ880745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8225
The "All-but-the-Dissertation" Student and the Psychology of the Doctoral Dissertation
Blum, Lawrence D.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v24 n2 p74-85 2010
Completion of the dissertation is an important milestone and often a major obstacle for PhD candidates, some of whom become and remain all-but-the-dissertation students. All-but-the-dissertation students usually disappoint both themselves and their departments. Thus it is important to understand the psychology of the dissertation. A review of doctoral dissertations on the topic of dissertation completion is followed by a discussion of developmental conflicts that frequently influence dissertation difficulties and then a presentation of the dynamic psychotherapy of a patient struggling to complete a dissertation. Problems in both external reality and internal fantasy are noted. The importance of understanding specific developmental conflicts and individual dynamics in treatment of this population is emphasized.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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