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ERIC Number: ED126534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 220
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Three Dimensions of the Parental Role in Selected Children's Literature 1950-1974.
Boothby, Paula Reigh
This study analyzed the conceptualization of the parental role represented in selected children's books, using the following dimensions: need gratification and control, stimulation-maturity, and affection-emotional interchange. The sample consisted of 26 books representing equally two time periods, 1950-1960 and 1964-1974. A comparison of these two periods was made in terms of changes in characterizations of the parenting role, considering the three dimensions of parental behavior, the family structure, and the parenting figure as a role model. Findings suggest the following conclusions: over the past 24 years, the parenting figure has been depicted as less emotionally supportive and less accepting of the fictional child, while appearing more concerned about the child's intellectual, social, and emotional development; more of this change occurred during the second decade of the study; during that decade, less emphasis was placed on nuclear family construction and more on alternative life styles; and recently published trade books show a greater diversity of adult parenting and nonparenting role-related behaviors. (Author/JM)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of North Dakota