The Effects of Emotional Neglect on a College Student at a Freshman Standing

This thesis explores childhood emotional neglect among college freshmen. A qualitative study was conducted among Fresno State University students at a freshman college standing and themes were derived from their narratives. The thesis is split into 5 different chapters: introduction, literature review, methodology, thematic results, and conclusions. The chapters help to get an overview and analysis of the issue. This topic was chosen by the researcher after being exposed to a client at his MSW internship placement with experiences of childhood emotional neglect. After researching this topic, the researcher discovered that there was very limited research on this issue. This thesis, especially the themes derived from the data, can be used to help with future studies of childhood emotional neglect. The themes found from the qualitative study include the following: current relational difficulties, current mental health outcomes, and resiliency.