The Impact of Counseling Groups on STEM Graduate Student Well-Being: A Qualitative Investigation

Jayna Mumbauer-Pisano, Sarah Keller, Kristen Byrne, Ashby Kinch

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Abstract

STEM graduate students have high rates of stress, burn-out, and depression fueled by the competitive nature of these programs, financial and job insecurities, and the isolation that often comes alongside graduate school. The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of a brief counseling support group provided to STEM graduate students across two university campuses. Using a phenomenological framework, analysis of focus group and individual interviews revealed the unique challenges of STEM graduate school education, the therapeutic benefits of counseling groups, and the potential difficulties of providing mental health support to this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-42
Number of pages18
JournalJournal for Specialists in Group Work
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 18 2024

Keywords

  • STEM
  • graduate student
  • mental health
  • support groups

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