Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The purpose of this study was to determine how HIV/ AIDS is portrayed in literature that is appropriate for young adults. The study was a content analysis using a checklist to record methods of HIV infection for characters, methods of HIV/ AIDS prevention presented, and whether the information presented was consistent with an HIV/ AIDS fact sheet. This fact sheet was derived from information provided by the American Red Cross. The books studied did not contain characters that were infected by all scientifically confirmed modes of HIV transmission. No books in this study included a character who had been infected with HIV through sharing IV needles. A majority of the 20 novels studied (65%) included information about abstinence as a way to prevent HIV infection. A majority of the novels (95%) contained accurate information about HIV/AIDS.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
Greg P. Stefanich
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©1997 Andrea J. G. Frederickson
Frederickson, Andrea J. G., "Portrayal of HIV and AIDS in Novels Appropriate for Young Adults" (1997). Graduate Research Papers. 2856.