Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Jeannine R. Studer
Autumn K. Cyprès, Shawn L. Spurgeon, Theresa M. Hopkins
Approximately half of doctoral students will withdraw from study before completing their doctorates (Bair & Haworth, 1999). The author sought to add to the limited literature pertaining to doctoral student attrition specifically in the field of counselor education. Phenomenology grounded the work of obtaining (a) enrollment experiences of students who withdrew from counselor education doctoral programs, and (b) thoughts/emotions associated with withdrawing from study. Findings included an application of doctoral attrition to Tinto’s (1975) Interactionalist model, how doctoral attrition continues to be an invisible problem, and recommendations for both doctoral students struggling to persevere and counselor education programs striving to increase retention rates.
Breckner, John Anthony, "A Phenomenological Study of Doctoral Student Attrition in Counselor Education. " PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2012.