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This research was a content analysis study of young adult novels that contained a parent with a drinking problem. The researcher wanted to determine the level of real ism regarding the characterizations of the child of an alcoholic, the drinker, and the spouse of the drinker. The hypothese predicted that a majority of the books would include: 1. three or more consequence of drinking on the child, 2. four or more consequences or symptoms on the drinker, and 3. one or more consequences suffered by the spouse. A checklist that listed known consequences and symptoms of alcohol abuse was developed. A four member panel recommended books to the researcher. Fifteen books were randomly selected to be analyzed. All of the hypotheses were accepted. It was determined that there •is a high level of real ism in young adult fiction portraying alcoholic parents that were published between 1979 and 1989.

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Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Elizabeth Martin


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