ERIC Number: ED340378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Are Two Parent Families Disproportionately Represented in Young Adult Literature?
Collins, Patricia L.
This study is an evaluation of a cross-section of literature for young adults published in the United States. The books were selected from "Best Books for Young Adults" for the years 1970 to 1990 inclusive. This study shows that when compared to United States census data, there is a disproportionate number of nontraditional family settings in current young adult literature. The number of books with the protagonist living in a two parent family is consistently less than the number of young people actually living in a two parent family based on census evidence. The results should enable librarians to manage their collections to reflect the true societal family structure for their readers. (A table displaying the books included in the study with the type of family represented in each, and a summary of the U.S. census data for the percentage of families with two parents are appended.) (24 references) (Author/MAB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Kent State University.