Women in PhD programs, in particular minority and international women, are especially at risk for drop-out (Castro, Garcia, Cavazos, & Castro, 2011; Haynes et al., 2012). This initial part of a longitudinal trioethnography captures the experiences of three international women in a doctoral program, highlighting the challenges, support systems, and coping mechanisms they engage with in the process of completing their degrees. Discoveries include the identification of “Interpersonal Hardiness” as the potential vehicle which could ensure our success.
Trioethnography, International Students, Minority Students, Interpersonal Hardiness
We acknowledge the support of Dr. Jennifer Wolgemuth, whose guidance helped us tremendously in this effort. We also express eternal gratitude to our families and colleagues who have helped to make the journey thus far, bearable for us.
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Williams-Shakespeare, E. S., Bronteng, J. E., & Alahmari, A. (2018). Interpersonal Hardiness as a Critical Contributing Factor to Persistence among International Women in Doctoral Programs: A Trioethnographic Study. The Qualitative Report, 23(8), 1799-1821. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol23/iss8/2