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ERIC Number: ED018569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 57
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ADVICE IN THE TEEN MAGAZINES.
SIMPSON, ELIZABETH J.
THE PURPOSES OF THIS STUDY WERE TO DETERMINE (1) WHAT PROBLEMS THE ADVICE COLUMNS AND ARTICLES IN THE TEEN MAGAZINES PRESENT, (2) THE NATURE OF THE ADVICE GIVEN, (3) WHETHER THEY WERE DIRECTED PRIMARILY TOWARD GIRLS, BOYS, OR BOTH, AND (4) WHO THE AUTHORS ARE. OVER A 10-MONTH PERIOD, 84 ISSUES OF DIFFERENT TEEN MAGAZINES WERE EXAMINED BY USING A CONTENT ANALYSIS FORM. A LIST OF 55 PROBLEMS WAS DEVELOPED. INFORMATION WHICH WAS RELATED TO EIGHT PROBLEM AREAS WAS CATEGORIZED AND CHECKED BY ONE OR MORE ANALYSTS--(1) PERSONAL-SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT, (2) BOY-GIRL RELATIONSHIPS, COURTSHIPS, SEX, MARRIAGE, (3) PERSONAL APPEARANCE, (4) FAMILY LIVING, (5) PERSONAL STANDARDS, (6) PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE, (7) EMPLOYMENT, AND (8) SCHOOL. SOLUTIONS WERE OFFERED FOR 83.3 PERCENT OF THE PROBLEMS DISCUSSED. MOST OF THE 750 PROBLEMS MENTIONED WERE EASILY CLASSIFIED AS RELATING TO ONE OF THE GENERAL PROBLEM STATEMENTS. ADVICE FROM 204 ARTICLES OR COLUMNS WAS DIRECTED TOWARD GIRLS, FROM 12 TO BOYS ONLY, AND FROM 101 TO BOTH. ONE-THIRD OF THE ADVICE APPEARED IN QUESTION-ANSWER FORM AND TWO-THIRDS IN ARTICLES. SOME CONCLUSIONS WERE (1) THE TEEN MAGAZINE IS LARGELY CONCERNED WITH IMMEDIATE MATTERS OF PERSONAL-SOCIAL RELATIONS AND LESS WITH THE ADULT WORLD, (2) ADVICE IS FOR THE MOST PART IN TERMS OF SOCIALLY APPROVED NORMS, (3) IT IS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO ASCERTAIN AUTHORSHIP OF THE ARTICLES OR THE BASIS OF THE WRITERS' AUTHORITY, AND (4) SUBTLETIES DO NOT EXIST, AS MEANINGS ARE RATHER CLEAR. THE APPENDIX CONTAINS THE INSTRUMENT USED FOR ANALYSIS. (MS)
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