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The experience of wellness during the dissertation process of recent PhD graduates: A heuristic study


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

There is a limited focus in the literature on wellness and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. The purpose of the present qualitative, heuristic research study was to describe the experience of wellness during the dissertation process. Twelve co-researchers, including the primary researcher, volunteered to answer the research question, what is the experience of wellness during the dissertation process of recent PhD graduates? Nine core themes emerged in association with the experience of wellness during the dissertation process: balance and priorities, becoming a scholar, identity of perceived stressors, keeping the dissertation in perspective, making sacrifices, motivation to finish, physical activity and health, social support facilitating dissertation completion, and spiritual practices. The findings from this study extended the knowledge of wellness, research doctoral education, and adult learning theory. Implications for current and future PhD students as well as existing PhD programs, and suggestions for future research were presented.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Adult education;
Health education;
Higher education
Classification
0516: Adult education
0680: Health education
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Dissertation; Doctoral education; Ph.D.; Wellness
Title
The experience of wellness during the dissertation process of recent PhD graduates: A heuristic study
Author
Batacan, John Matthew
Number of pages
198
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0089
Source
DAI-A 71/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124065519
Advisor
Kroth, Michael
University/institution
University of Idaho
University location
United States -- Idaho
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3414285
ProQuest document ID
608977980
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/608977980
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