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A Word Of Caution On My Poll “Parenting During The PhD”

A word of caution on my poll “Parenting during the PhD”

I recently ran a poll on Twitter to get an idea of how many PhD students are parents, and I wrote a blog post about it.

I received an email from a reader, which I find a very pertinent observation, so I wanted to include this comment here, for my reader to reflect on:

Hi Eva,

regarding your blogpost on the proportion of parents among PhDs:

I could imagine that there’s some self-selection bias in this rather small sample. For example, I had found your blog two years ago, _because_ you are PhD _and_ a parent. Probably via the FB group “PhD and Early Career Researcher Parents”.

Maybe 1 out of 5 PhDs that follow your Twitter/blog are parents, but I don’t think this is representative of all PhDs in general.

I’d agree with your personal observation though: Out of 100 PhDs that I know, 2 became parents at the end of their PhD, shortly before becoming PostDocs and a third is turning fourty, three kids, doing her PhD part-time …

Best regards and stay safe and healthy,
Reader X

So, a word of caution with regard to these statistics. I do need some data for the book about the PhD Defense that I am coauthoring – but I’ll need to chew on this a bit more.

If anybody has data from his/her/their university on this topic, please let me know!

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This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. I think that depend from country to country, I would say that is quite common to be a PhD and a PhD student or post-docs (around 20% is possible number); Unfortunately I know much more fathers than mothers…

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