2022 Academic Exhibition

Faculty Advisor

Amy Ruffus-Doeer

Student Status




Publication Date

Spring 2022

Presentation Type

Research Essay


Biological and Behavioral Sciences

Degree Program



This experiment investigated children and adolescents’ personal experiences with psychiatric hospitalization and the effects it had on their mental health/illness. Four participants over the age of 18 took part in a semi-structured interview that looked at their own personal experiences with being hospitalized as a child or adolescent. The interviews were transcribed, audios destroyed, then a thematic analysis was performed to get a better sense of the experiences that the individuals had during their psychiatric hospitalization. It was found that every individuals’ experience was very individualistic, although some of the participants did share a few commonalities. The project focused on the impact the participants felt, resources that they obtained, advantages and disadvantages, and whether or not they recommend hospitalization.


Kass Pemberton is a Psychology major and student leader on campus. For his presentation on psychiatric hospitalization during adolescence and the child’s experience, Kass interviewed a group of women who had experienced various types of hospitalization in their youth due to mental health battles. Kass looked at both positive and negative experiences including resources, security, safety, emotions, healing, and post-discharge support. His goal was to provide a voice to those affected by psychiatric hospitalization in their youth as well as raise awareness about the need for better resources post-discharge.

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