Psychological Benefits and Costs of Participating in Men's Groups in the Czech Republic

2016 Journal of European Psychology Students  
The academic career path is seldom straightforward. Many health professionals and researchers face stress and uncertain employment opportunities. Joining a collegial support group, a so-called "mastermind" group, is one way to help navigate these challenges. We investigated postdoctoral researchers' (N=16) experiences with participating in a mastermind group using an online survey. Four themes emerged from their responses: (I) A place that offers conversation in confidence; (II) An opportunity
more » ... II) An opportunity for personal and professional development; (III) A quality break and time for reflection, and (IV) Challenges experienced by mastermind group participants. This study establishes that taking part in a mastermind group can effectively help shift focus from the negative aspects of a challenge faced by its group members to the positive aspects of a potential solution.
doi:10.5334/jeps.346 fatcat:3qolisjyonhqtberoirfdtnxdy