Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Psychic trauma in literature; Bibliotherapy for children;
Trauma is inevitable for many of the students served in school buildings. Nearly 35 million children have experienced one or multiple ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). With students spending a majority of their day within school walls, it is apparent that educators are an essential link to provide a trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive approach to reach students’ needs. The purpose of this literary qualitative content analysis is to focus on a set of upper elementary texts and analyze them with a trauma-informed lens by identifying ACES scores for each book along with identifying what trauma experience or coping this book could assist with.The research questions this study aimed to address included the following: How is trauma portrayed in upper elementary books, what are the themes or events in upper elementary books that portray trauma experiences that students could connect with, and how can teachers share the books while adhering to the sensitivity of the age level of readers? This study utilized qualitative content analysis to focus on a set of upper elementary texts and analyze them with a trauma-informed lens by identifying ACES scores for each book along with identifying what trauma experience or coping this book could assist with. This study aimed to answer what themes are in upper elementary books that portray trauma-experiences that students could connect with. It also analyzed the age level recommendation of the structure books and how they match to developmental age norms for said age.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Division of School Library Studies
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©2020 Kyra Ross
Ross, Kyra, "Trauma in Children's Literature" (2020). Graduate Research Papers. 1558.