Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The purpose of this study was to see if authors of realistic fiction accurately portray the characteristics of teenage fathers. Abundant fictional novels on the topic of teenage pregnancy are in print; however, most seemed concerned with teen mothers and neglect teen fathers. How teen fathers react to being told about the conception to accepting responsibility for their actions was evaluated through a checklist. This research demonstrated that a realistic portrayal of teen fathers is absent from much young adult fiction. In sharing this research with others it is in hopes that more authors will give teen fathers a more important role in their storylines. If teen fathers perspectives are included maybe more adolescent boys will read more of this genre finding comfort that they are not alone and they have options and responsibilities just as teen mothers.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
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©2006 Becky R. Schafer Andrews
Andrews, Becky R. Schafer, "What happened to Dad: A portrayal of teenage fathers in young adult literature" (2006). Graduate Research Papers. 1711.