ERIC Number: ED367354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
"Children's Digest" and Societal Trends.
Eckart, Karen Sue
The purpose of this research project was to determine if, like books, the content of children's magazines changes to reflect current societal trends. The study used the method of content analysis and was limited to one children's magazine, "Children's Digest." Certain trends in children's literature were identified through the literature search, and "Children's Digest" was examined to see whether it reflected these changes. A content analysis of issues from 1968, 1978, and 1988 revealed that the content of "Children's Digest" had indeed changed to reflect current societal trends. Illustrations, stories, and articles were analyzed. The issues studied were the presences of minority or handicapped persons; the presence of social issues such as divorce, environmental concerns, and health issues; and sex equality and role stereotyping. Results indicated that the contents of "Children's Digest" has changed over the last 30 years to reflect trends due to the changing sociopolitical environment. The most significant change was shown to occur in the area of sex equality and stereotyping. (Contains 36 references.) (Author/TMK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Childrens Digest
Note: M.L.S. Research Paper, Kent State University.