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ERIC Number: EJ1360791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
EISSN: EISSN-2398-4686
Engaged and/or Burnt Out? Finnish and South African Doctoral Students' Experiences
Pyhältö, Kirsi; Peltonen, Jouni; Anttila, Henrika; Frick, Liezel Liezel; de Jager, Phillip
Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, v14 n1 p1-18 2023
Purpose: Doctoral students' ill-being in terms of stress, exhaustion and high levels of mental health problems has been well documented. Yet, the well-being of doctoral students is more than the absence of these negative symptoms. The number of studies exploring the combination of positive and negative attributes of doctoral students' well-being is limited. Therefore, this study aims to focus on exploring individual variation in doctoral students' experienced engagement and burnout across two distinct socio-cultural contexts in Finland and in South Africa. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 884 doctoral students from Finland (n = 391) and South Africa (n = 493) responded to the cross-cultural Doctoral Experience Survey. The data were quantitatively analyzed. Findings: Altogether four distinctive engagement-burnout profiles were detected, including engaged, engaged-exhausted, moderately engaged-burnout and burnout profiles. Differences between the Finnish and South African students were identified in profile emphasis. The profiles were also related to several study progress attributes such as drop-out intentions, time-to-candidacy and satisfaction with study. Originality/value: This study provides new understanding on doctoral students' well-being by focusing on both positive and negative attributes and exploring doctoral students' discrepant profiles with a cross-country design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; South Africa
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