Open Access Graduate Research Paper
For this content analysis, the portrayal of law enforcement officials in young adult fiction was examined. This researcher read and analyzed 15 young adult fiction titles portraying a law enforcement official in either a primary or secondary character role. The main research question this researcher sought to answer was: How are law enforcement officials portrayed in young adult fiction? Based on the findings of her study, this researcher concluded that law enforcement officials in the examined titles are portrayed as having indifferent attitudes toward adolescents in general. In addition, this researcher found that law enforcement officials portrayed in the examined titles express widespread attitudes toward specific adolescents. Finally, this researcher found the majority of law enforcement officials portrayed in the examined titles misused their power/authority.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
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©2009 Amy Chopard
Chopard, Amy, "The 4-1-1 on adolescents' attitudes toward the 5-0 and the portrayal of law enforcement officials in young adult literature" (2009). Graduate Research Papers. 1933.