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dc.contributor.advisorGricus, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorLutz, Rylan
dc.contributor.departmentSocial Worken_US
dc.contributor.programHood College Departmental Honorsen_US
dc.descriptionWith mental health being pushed further into the spotlight of research, it is important to understand how trauma may play a role in the development of a person and their decision-making process. Using a validated measure of Emotional Intelligence and Adverse Childhood Experiences Index has yet to be used as a motivation predictor of major selection. After a comprehensive literature review of academic material and research, this study aims to further analyze the effects that adverse childhood experiences may have on undergraduate students’ choice of major.en_US
dc.description.abstractPrior research suggests that those pursuing college majors with the intent of helping others may be more likely to have higher levels of empathy, and a higher average of adverse childhood experiences. In turn, these experiences may be a motivational factor for a person to select a certain type of major. This study evaluates the number of adverse childhood experiences that undergraduate students majoring in social work, nursing, and psychology have endured in their lifetime. In addition, empathy is quantified as a variable using an Emotional Intelligence Index to analyze a possible relationship with adverse childhood experiences. Analysis suggests that those who have a college major focused on helping others may have elevated levels of emotional intelligence and may have a higher average of adverse childhood experiences.en_US
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dc.subjectAdverse Childhood Experiencesen_US
dc.subjectEmotional Intelligenceen_US
dc.subjectSocial Worken_US
dc.titleEmpathy and Adverse Childhood Experiences' Role in Choice of Majoren_US

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