ERIC Number: ED364785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
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A Content Analysis and Comparison of Themes in Fiction with the Subject of an Alcoholic Parent Written for Children Ages Ten to Fourteen Years in the Sixties and in the Eighties. A Report.
Van Opdorp, Beth McMenamin
This study explored the themes in children's fiction with the subject of an alcoholic parent and evaluated the treatment of the subject in novels from the 1960s and the 1980s. It was hypothesized that, compared to writings from the 1960s, writings from the 1980s would more often contain references to the disease concept of alcoholism, would more frequently mention sources of help such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or adult resource people, and would more often present a resolution of the problem. The hypotheses were tested by a content analysis of themes in 10 novels from the 1960s and 10 novels from the 1980s. All novels were listed in "The Bookfinder" under the subject heading "Alcoholism, of Father" or "Alcoholism, of Mother" and were recommended for children between the ages of 10 and 14 years. The findings revealed that the disease concept of alcoholism received almost even coverage in both decades in 11 of 20 titles considered. There were more mentions of AA in the 1980s books and more mentions of Alateen in the 1960s books. There were almost twice as many effectual adults portrayed in the 1980s books than in the 1960s books. This is the most striking difference between the two decades. The findings suggest a movement in the 1980s toward more illustration of help for the alcoholic and the child, and the portrayal of adults as effectual, supportive, or directly involved. The rating instrument is included. (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Children of Alcoholics
Note: Requirements for LIBS 571.