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ERIC Number: ED123660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 178
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A Study of the Influence of Literature on the Attitudes, Values and Behavior of Adolescents.
Culp, Mary Beth Wade
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent of the influence of literature on the attitudes, values, and behavior of adolescents; to determine the relationship between certain personal and contextual factors and the influence of literature; and to analyze the characteristics of the literature which does influence adolescents. A questionnaire on the influence of literature read since the sixth grade was administered to 158 freshmen English students at an urban university. The findings revealed that the majority of students (approximately four-fifths) have been influenced to some extent in their attitudes, values, and behavior by reading literature. Half the students classified themselves as having been moderately influenced, while one-fourth classified themselves as having been little influenced, and one-fourth as having been strongly influenced. Students revealed more influences on attitudes than on values or behavior. The study indicated that the content of the literature which does influence adolescents is of such variety that generalizations are difficult. By far the most influential genre was the novel, followed by the drama, the short story, and poetry. (Author/RB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Florida State University