Outside looking in: Gendered roles and the well-being of working student mothers studying for a part-time PhD.

Date

2023-10-04

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ISSN

1468-2273

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article contributes to the growing evidence base on well-being in doctoral study. It draws on 35 qualitative, in-depth interviews to explore how the well-being of an understudied group - working doctoral student mothers - is affected when undertaking part-time PhDs. Whilst there is a growing literature on the research student experience and an increased awareness of mental health issues in doctoral study, there has been little exploration of the experiences of part-time PhD students. Moreover, this is particularly true of mothers undertaking doctorates on a part-time basis. The experiences of this sub-group of research students constitutes the gap to which this paper responds. It explores the consequences of having to straddle a number of competing domains and examines how the gender role conflict, marginalisation and lack of support experienced by doctoral student mothers impacts on their psychological, physical and social well-being. The article concludes with a number of recommendations which institutions may wish to consider.

Description

open access article

Keywords

Well-being, Working student mothers, gender equality, doctoral study, part-time

Citation

Cronshaw, S., Stokes, P. and McCulloch, A. (2023) Outside looking in: Gendered roles and the well-being of working student mothers studying for a part-time PhD. Higher Education Quarterly,

Rights

Attribution 2.0 UK: England & Wales
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/uk/

Research Institute

Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)