ERIC Number: ED340381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
A Content Analysis of Children's Books Dealing with Separation and Divorce Published in the 1970s and 1980s.
Teeter, Gladys W.
Many children find themselves in changing families as a result of marital separation and divorce. Through bibliotherapy, they can identify with situations similar to their own, derive comfort in knowing that they are not alone, and develop insight and coping strategies. The purpose of this study was to examine how divorce, marital separation, single-parent families, and stepfamilies are presented in children's literature, specifically, realistic fiction, including picture books, suitable for kindergarten through sixth grade students, published in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s. The sample consisted of 25 children's books dealing with separation and divorce. Content analysis was used to examine the following areas: age and gender of the protagonist; custodial and living arrangements; standard of living; working mothers; parents' dating; relationships with parents; emotions felt by children; manipulation by children and parents; and children's acceptance of circumstances. The content analysis form, research findings, and an annotated bibliography of books used in the study are appended. (25 references) (Author/MAB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Library Science Research Paper, Kent State University.