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The focus of this study was an investigation in to how teenage sexuality is portrayed in young adult literature. The purpose of this research was to investigate the portrayal of teenage sexuality within young adult literature in the United States. The methodology of this study was a quantitative content analysis of literature intended for young adult readers. Twenty young-adult books with teenage sexuality as a theme and a publication date within the last ten years were randomly selected from the following lists: 2009 Young Adult Library Services Association (Y ALSA): Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, Best Books for Young Adults, including the 2008 thematic list entitled Sex is... This content analysis includes the type of sexual activity of prominent characters, risk factors or influences in the characters' lives, and ramifications following sexual activity. The majority teenager characters level of sexuality was sex, I 00% of teenagers had one or more influential factors for sexuality in their lives, and emotional ramifications were the most common consequence of sexual activity, abstinence to sex.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Karla Krueger


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