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Well-being of early-career researchers: insights from a Swedish survey
Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, County Council of Östergötland, Linköping, Sweden.
Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2019 (English)In: Higher Education Policy, ISSN 0952-8733, E-ISSN 1740-3863, Vol. 32, no 2, p. 273-296Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Several studies have documented the importance of optimal work situation and the general well-being of early-career researchers (ECRs) for enhancing the academic performance of universities. Yet, most studies focused on specific categories of ECRs, or on specific academic disciplines as well as on specific outcomes. With this study, we recognize the need for a broader sample encompassing different categories of ECRs across academic disciplines. In a national survey of Swedish universities, the National Junior Faculty of Sweden (NJF) collected data from ECRs in order to study the influence of work situation and well-being on perceived scientific environment. We observed that work situation and well-being are interdependent and jointly influence each other in shaping the conditions for ideal scientific environment. Importantly, we employ structural equation model (SEM) analysis to account for the endogenous relationship between work situation and personal well-being in predicting perceived scientific environment. Results from SEM indicate that support from the university, work time management, job clarity, contract length and quality of life satisfaction were related to the perceived possibility of conducting the best science. Our research also highlighted individual differences across demographic factors and contract length in the perceived work situation and the possibility of conducting the best science.

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Springer, 2019. Vol. 32, no 2, p. 273-296
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early-career researchers, survey, academia, well-being, work situation, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-144739DOI: 10.1057/s41307-018-0080-1ISI: 000468989500007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-144739DiVA, id: diva2:1182313
Available from: 2018-02-12 Created: 2018-02-12 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved

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