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The effect of parenthood on male and female doctoral student’s academic socialization, thesis writing, and research performance

Research project

The project revolves around how parenthood affects doctoral students’ academic socialization and performance.

Head of project

Jonas Lindahl
Associate professor
E-mail
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Project overview

Project period:

2021-01-01 2022-12-31

Funding

Lärarhögskolan vid Umeå universitet

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Sociology

Research area

Sociology

Project description

The purpose of this project is to examine the effect of parenthood on doctoral students academic socialization and performance. The data consists of doctoral students in medicine, natural science, technology, and the social sciences at a Swedish university. The design is comparative and due to an interest to see how the effect of parenthood varies over scientific disciplines. The main hypothesis is that parenthood has a negative effect on academic socialization and performance, and that the negative effect is stronger for women than men. Parenthood is one of the main explanations of gender differences in performance and career development in academia. A better understanding of how parenthood affects doctoral student outcomes is expected to provide important knowledge of how gender differences arise already during the doctoral education and what we can do to reduce them.