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Minerva Psichiatrica 2020 December;61(4):143-52

DOI: 10.23736/S0391-1772.20.02074-9

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Psychological distress among doctoral scholars: its association with perseverance and passion

Aleena M. SUNNY 1 , Fathima G. ASHRAF T 1, Sujith V.S. 1, Shinto THOMAS 2, Kaustav CHAKRABORTY 3, Sibnath DEB 4

1 Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India; 2 Department of Psychology, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, India; 3 Department of English, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India; 4 Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, Sriperumbudur, India



BACKGROUND: The study examined psychological distress and its association with perseverance and passion for long term goals among 400 Ph.D. scholars from Pondicherry University.
METHODS: The sample collected through multi-stage convenience sampling technique was assessed using a Structured Questionnaire, Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21), Grit Scale and Flourishing Scale.
RESULTS: The results showed that 7.5% and 4.5% had severe and extremely severe depression, 12.5% and 20% had severe and extremely severe anxiety, and 5% and 1.5% had severe and extremely severe stress. The data was collected from one Indian University and analyzed based the information gathered through self-report inventory.
CONCLUSIONS: Congenial family environment, good relationship with parents and friends were observed to be positive factors for psychological well-being. There is an urgent need to extend mental health support services to the PhD scholars especially for those who were suffering from severe and extremely severe psychological distress.


KEY WORDS: Psychological distress; Students; Universities

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