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Mindfulness can help PhD students shift from surviving to thriving


Barry, K and Warnecke, E and Woods, M, Mindfulness can help PhD students shift from surviving to thriving, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 26 November 2018 (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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Undertaking a PhD can be very stressful, due to a range of challenges. These include having to develop discipline expertise as well as generic skills (such as academic writing and maintaining motivation) during a largely solo pursuit.

Concern has been growing about the prevalence of mental health issues (such as depression and anxiety) among PhD candidates. A survey of more than 2,000 graduate research students from 26 countries published this year found they were six times as likely to experience depression or anxiety as the general population.

A study of PhD students in the United States showed that of those who identified as experiencing depression or anxiety, 84% did not seek help from university support services. Perhaps, then, the best way to help PhD candidates is to give them the skills and strategies to manage their stress.

Earlier this month, we published a study in the Journal of American College Health. It provides evidence that practising mindfulness can help reduce stress, improve levels of depression and anxiety, and enhance feelings of hope, optimism, resilience and self-efficacy about completing a PhD.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:mindfulness, PhD student, doctorate, stress
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Barry, K (Associate Professor Kara Barry)
UTAS Author:Warnecke, E (Dr Emma Warnecke)
UTAS Author:Woods, M (Dr Megan Woods)
ID Code:130528
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Agriculture and Food Systems
Deposited On:2019-01-31
Last Modified:2019-03-04
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