Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 5, No. 1 (2008)

Academic rejection: the coping strategies of women

Tara Evans, CQU
Angela Dobele
Nicole Hartley, UT
Ian Benton, UNSW


This paper offers insights into the coping strategies employed by women researchers when handling academic rejection. Female researchers identify four main coping strategies for handling the rejection of an academic paper and the failure of a funding application. The study identified common coping strategies implemented by academic women, and determines whether these strategies are consistent regardless of the type of rejection being dealt with. The research found conflicting responses from the women between their tips or suggestions to others on how to best handle rejection, and the actual coping strategies employed.Heading 1 is the style for main headings

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