ERIC Number: ED268516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
The Reading Interests of Emotionally Disturbed Boys Ages 11 to 15.
Kimmins, Elizabeth J.
A study investigated whether the reading preferences of emotionally disturbed boys were the same as the interests of boys in the general population. Subjects, 25 boys from a private residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed boys, were interviewed individually, completed a reading interest survey, and selected titles of books they would read. Responses were then tallied to determine the boys' favorite and least favorite books. Results suggest that the reading interests of emotionally disturbed boys, ages 11 to 15 are not the same as those identified by boys in the general population. However, some similarities do exist. The category of sports, which is highly rated by all populations of boys, was the number one interest of emotionally disturbed boys. Science was also a popular interest of all boys, while poetry was rated as being of low interest for all boys. Surprisingly, while adventure was a popular interest of both boys and girls in the general population, it scored very low on the survey of emotionally disturbed boys. Among the implications for teachers is that reading will be more appealing to emotionally disturbed boys if they are offered titles that excite and attract them. Tables, figures, and a three-page reference list are included. (DF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey.