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.

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