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Volume 1, Number 3 August/September 2000

Negative Interactions with Faculty: Graduate Student Experiences

Table 2

Graduate Student Coping Responses for Minor and Major Negative Incidents with Faculty
(Ranked according to Mean responses)

Coping Response Item Ranking for Minor Incidents Ranking for Major Incidents
I talk to friends and family about it.*
1
1
I ignore it.*
2
11
I tell the professor how I feel about the situation.*
3
5
I assume there is some explanation for the behavior which I don't understand. *
4
9
I try to forget the whole thing.*
5
10
I tell myself it is not really important.*
6
12
I talk to my advisor or another faculty member about it.*
7
2
I treat it like a joke.*
8
13
I talk to the chair of the department or the dean.*
9
3
I arrange things so that I do not have to deal with the professor.*
10
8
I assume the professor doesn't know any better.*
11
14
I take someone with me if I have to see him or her.*
12
7
I make a formal complaint.*
13
4
I accept that it is part of being a student.*
14
15
I seek legal advice or counsel.*
15
6
I blame myself for what happened.*
16
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    * = Problem focused coping strategies

    * = Emotion-focused coping strategies

Jagatic and Keashly, 2000

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