Experiencing the Journey Together: The Role of Social Support during the Doctorate

Machin, Tanya, M. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4358-2149 and Parsons-Smith, Renee L. (2019) Experiencing the Journey Together: The Role of Social Support during the Doctorate. In: Traversing the Doctorate: Reflections and Strategies from Students, Supervisors and Administrators. Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods. Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 269-285. ISBN 9783030237301

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Abstract

Completing a doctorate can be a solitary and sometimes stressful experience, which is further exacerbated by the underlying nature and structure of this particular degree. The issue of social support during the doctoral journey is important to address given its relationship with well-being. Additionally, social isolation has been identified as a major contributing factor of compromised psychological and physical health. Indeed, adequate social support becomes a critical component if one is to successfully navigate the PhD terrain. This chapter will highlight the protective benefits associated with social support, as well as examine the empirical findings on the negative effects of social isolation during the doctoral journey. Additionally, this chapter will provide two contrasting student experiences of social isolation, specifically relating to on-campus versus off-campus modes of study. Finally, the provision of practical strategies to facilitate increased social support will be provided.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2020 05:51
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2020 04:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: Doctorate, PhD, social support, social isolation
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23731-8_15
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37763

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