PNN PhD Survey: Asking the relevant questions. Mental wellbeing, Workload, Burnout, Research environment, Progress of the PhD project, Considering to quit

Lucille Mattijssen*, Nicolien van Vliet, Tess van Doorn, Nadine Kanbier, Christine Teelken

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Mental wellbeing • 47.1% of the PhDs have an increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder. Only 20.1% of the PhDs does not show any symptoms of mental health problems. • However, when asked to rate their mental health themselves, only 11.3% of the PhDs rate their general mental health as poor or very poor. 58.8% rate their mental health as good or very good. • The worse PhDs rate their general mental health, the more symptoms of mental health problems they show. Even PhDs who rate their mental health as very good have on average 1.5 symptoms of mental health problems. • 55.6% of the international PhDs is at risk of developing a psychiatric disorder. For noninternational PhDs, this is 41.6%. International PhDs also rate their general mental health worse than non-international PhDs.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2020

Bibliographical note

This was the first publication in the series based on the PNN PhD Survey 2020.

Keywords

  • PhD
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Burnout
  • Workload
  • Research environment
  • Progress
  • Quitting

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