Open Access Graduate Research Paper
This study used content analysis of a selected sample of 33 young adult fiction books published between 1980-1995, to determine if the portrayal of abandonment of children by their mothers is realistic according to social research of those populations. Findings indicate that in a majority of the titles the abandonment is caused by the mother's need to establish her own identity and the abandoned child(ren)'s reactions are characterized by negative behaviors. These findings support the premise that contemporary young adult fiction presents mother abandonment in a realistic manner. It was found, however, that the majority of mothers in these books do not express guilt after abandoning their child(ren). This does not support the research results of mother abandonment.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
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©1996 Bernie M. Hawley
Hawley, Bernie M., "The Portrayal of Abandonment by Mothers in Young Adult Literature" (1996). Graduate Research Papers. 3046.