CInSt Research Seminar "What makes them suffer?: Individual and institutional predictors of distress in French doctoral students"
Speaker: Evgeny Osin (HSE School of Psychology, HSE International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation)
The presentation will discuss the findings of two collaborative studies organized by Dr. Pascale Haag (EHESS, Paris, France) aiming to explore the factors contributing to difficulties experienced by doctoral students at French higher educational institutions. The first study (N=1,923) found that students experiencing higher levels of stress and somatic symptoms were at more advanced stages of their PhD, unsatisfied with the quality of supervision, and not involved in physical activity. Distress and somatic symptoms were associated with gender and field of study, but not with the source of funding or distance from home. The second study (N=544) found that satisfaction with studies was strongly associated with the quality of working alliance with PhD supervisor, which was only high in first-year students. The findings of the two studies suggest that progression through graduate school is a highly challenging process, which may have adverse effects on students' health and well-being, especially when the quality of supervision is low. We will discuss possible ways to facilitate positive outcomes of studying at graduate school.
Place: 4 Slavyanskaya Square, building 2, room 101-102.
Date and time: November 9, 2017; 4 PM
Free entrance. If you don't have an HSE ID, please send your name and surname to firstname.lastname@example.org before 13:00, November 9.