ERIC Number: ED352061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Family Relationships in Realistic Young Adult Fiction, 1987 to 1991.
The purpose of this study was to determine how parents and family relationships are characterized in realistic young adult fiction. A random sample of 20 realistic young adult novels was selected from the American Library Association's Best Lists for the years 1987-1991. A content analysis of the novels focused on the following: (1) whether parents were categorized as sympathetic/involved, neutral, or hostile/uninvolved; (2) whether the majority of families were two-parent families or single-parent families; (3) what the major conflicts in the story were; (4) what influence family members have on the protagonist's decisions and problems; (5) whether gender of the protagonist influences family relationships; and (6) whether family relationships evolve and how they are characterized at the end of the book. The major findings were: (1) most of the fictional parents were sympathetic and involved; (2) more two-parent families were used than one-parent families; (3) the largest number of conflicts involved embarrassment because of family members who deviated from the norm and from the breakup of the family due to divorce or death; (4) more females had intrafamily conflicts than males; and (5) most family relationships evolved in a positive way during the course of the book. Frequency tables of teen parent interaction and categories of conflict and a list of the books analyzed in the study are appended. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/KRN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: M.L.S. Thesis, Kent State University. Faint print throughout.