Not just a phase: Understanding the role of doctoral program stage on motivation and well-being

Anna SVERDLIK, Nathan C. HALL, Hui WANG

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Abstract

Research on doctoral students is increasingly focusing on the motivation (Gardner, 2009; O’Meara et al., 2013) and well-being (Hyun et al., 2006; Morris, 2013) of students across the disciplines. However, no quantitative research to date has explored the effects of phase in the doctoral program on these factors. In the present study, a web-based survey was conducted to explore doctoral students’ motivation and well-being (N = 3,155). One-way ANCOVAs revealed significant effects of phase in the program on doctoral students’ self-efficacy, stress, and satisfaction with their program. The findings highlight the need for a differential approach to supporting doctoral students throughout their programs, both in terms of training and guidance, and in terms of access to health and wellness resources. Copyright © 2018 AERA.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Citation

Sverdlik, A., Hall, N. C., & Wang, H. (2018, April). Not just a phase: Understanding the role of doctoral program stage on motivation and well-being. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association 2018 (AERA 2018), New York Hilton Midtown, New York, US.

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