ERIC Number: ED367376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Relationship between Gender and Reading Preferences in Adolescents.
This study was intended to negate or confirm the findings of prior studies conducted on the relationship between gender and reading preferences in high school students and to ascertain whether any changes have occurred that would reflect changing attitudes toward gender roles. Data were gathered by using a survey which was distributed to approximately 240 11th grade students at a suburban Cleveland (Ohio) public high school. The current study supports results of earlier studies that have shown that females spend more time reading than males; that certain types of books are typically more or less appealing to members of one sex or the other; and that males prefer reading books with male protagonists. The research indicates that females also prefer male protagonists and identified with them more often than with female characters. In contrast to previous studies, this research shows that males identified with characters more frequently than females. Included in the appendices are the questionnaire used in the study; the categories of books that the respondents like to read; the three top-ranked choices of categories; newspaper sections in order of those most read; and choices of magazines by type. (Contains 21 references.) (JLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cleveland Public Schools OH; Reading Behavior; Student Surveys
Note: M.L.S. Research Paper, Kent State University.