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The purpose of this study was to develop criteria that could be used by classroom teachers and media specialists to judge the quality of junior premarital pregnancy novels. A secondary purpose was to demonstrate by means of model critiques how the criteria could be applied. The professional literature reflected five categories of conern relating to junior premarital pregnancy novels: adolescent sexuality, didacticism, sexism, pat solutions, and stereotyped adults. The researcher selected a panel of six experts to comment on the categories of concern and to identify the ten most widely read titles in the genre. The panel included practicing media specialists and professionals in related fields with expertise on literature for adolescents. From the thorough discussion of each category, a criteria statement was developed. The five criteria statements were then applied to the ten titles identified by the panel. They proved valid and useable for evaluating those ten titles.

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Master of Arts


Department of Library Science


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