Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Barragan, Armando


The current study focuses on exploring the effects of previous child neglect on current psychological distress in college students. By bringing attention to the lasting impact of neglect through adulthood, mental health professionals will see the need for increased services for this population. A convenience sample of 93 Master of Social Work students responded to questions geared towards experience of neglect as a child and current psychological distress. Correlation analysis was used to examine the relationship between the two variables. No significant results were found. However, future studies are suggested as alternate versions of this study may support the need for early intervention and treatment services for individuals who have experienced neglect as a child. Recommendations for future studies include using a more diverse population and possibly including a qualitative portion to further explore correlations.