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Work-life balance among doctoral students in health and life sciences
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4773-1447
2018 (English)In: Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, 2018, p. 183-183Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Successful and timely accomplishment of a doctoral education is an important and increasingly addressed issue in PhD programs. Improvement of women’s and men’s education completion rates has been highlighted in an ongoing development of a gender mainstreaming plan in Swedish universities.

During the last decade the organizational demands in academia have however been intensified. Increased expectations on scientific output in terms of publications in international high- ranked scientific journals together with stricter regulations and routines have imposed more work tasks to be handled with a reported stressful and demanding work situation among doctoral students as a result. The informal prevailing culture that meets the doctoral student in academia is also often characterized by long working hours involving expectations of unlimited work time. The research project, process and outcomes are anticipated to be put in first place.

Moreover, the traditional concept of work assumes a separation between work and private life where work is expected to be ranked as the primary commitment. Previous research on work- life balance have showed that the situation in academic work places, i.e. often long work hours and comprehensive work demands in combination with high job commitment and high job autonomy, could have an adverse effect on the individual’s possibility to achieve a balanced work-life situation.

The doctoral education period often collides with the family formation period, including raising children, which makes work- life balance issues even more worth addressing. The proportion of female doctoral students is high in PhD programs in health and life sciences in Sweden as in many other countries. Gender stratification has been reported in relation to responsibility for household and family issues which might influence the ability to achieve a more optimal work-life balance.

Research has foremost been conducted with a pre-view that interference between work and family are gendered and that the two domains are experienced differently by women and men. The aim of this study is to investigate potential conflicts between work and private life that can arise from academic workload and affect work-life balance in female and male doctoral students. A secondary aim is to describe how an (im)balanced situation may influence doctoral students self-perceived well-being and coping strategies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. p. 183-183
Keywords [en]
doctoral student, academia, work-life balance, well-being, coping strategies
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Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38471OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-38471DiVA, id: diva2:1267713
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13th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 17-19 April, 2018
Available from: 2018-12-03 Created: 2018-12-03 Last updated: 2018-12-12Bibliographically approved

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