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Coping with loneliness: A netnographic study of doctoral students

Janta, H, Lugosi, P., and Brown, L., (2012) Coping with loneliness: A netnographic study of doctoral students Journal of Further and Higher Education.

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This study aims to fill an empirical void in our understanding of how doctoral students, both domestic and international, cope with loneliness and isolation, and what types of tactic they use during different phases of their doctoral studies to overcome such issues. Data gathered through a netnographic study show that loneliness is a major problem for both domestic and international students and that it occurs at different stages of the doctoral study. Tactics used by participants to deal with this issue include multiple forms of (face to face and online) social interaction, professional development and escape from the doctorate. The paper discusses avenues for further research alongside some practical recommendations that might be implemented at universities to decrease feelings of isolation among students and further reduce drop-out rates.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Janta, H
Lugosi, P.,
Brown, L.,
Date : 23 October 2012
DOI : 10.1080/0309877X.2012.726972
Additional Information : This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Further and Higher Education 2012, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 20 Aug 2013 15:47
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 15:08

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