ERIC Number: ED172220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Adult Portrayal in Novels for Teen-Age Girls.
Weick, Paula M.
The adult characterizations in seven novels written for teen-age girls--four published in 1950 and three published in the late 1960s--were evaluated on the basis of four criteria: consistency, evident motivation, plausibility, and scope of activity. The evaluations were then compared to determine if a change could be detected from the earlier to the later period. It was determined that all seven novels depicted consistency in adult characters, and that all but one portrayed the motivation of the adult characters. However, the characters in four of the seven books (three from 1950 and one from 1967) were represented as implausibly tolerant, generous, and good-natured; and in one of the later books the adults were portrayed as implausibly bad. The adults in the earlier books also had a strong stereotypic tendency. The scope of the adult activities was generally very narrow: the professions of the men often were barely mentioned, none of the mothers worked outside the home, and only one mother belonged to a women's organization. A comparison of the books suggests that the later characterizations were generally no more realistic than the earlier ones, although there had been a shift toward acknowledging (and, in one case, overemphasizing) the faults of adult characters. (GT)
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Note: Research prepared at Brigham Young University