Open Access Graduate Research Paper
This research examined the way in which parents are portrayed in young adult literature. Textual analysis was the methodology used to sort and code the 24 books that met the researcher's criteria, which were that books had to be published within the last decade and characters had to be from two-parent, intact families. By looking at the themes, the researcher attempted to interpret the information and draw inferences. The research yielded some surprising results as to how parents are portrayed. in the majority of young adult novels, parents are present at least to some degree. They are typically portrayed in a positive role and whether a positive or negative role, the parent was portrayed accurately in comparison to real parents. Teachers, authors and particularly librarians need to be aware of these portrayals in order to maintain a balanced collection offered to students of all ages.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
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©2003 Kathryn L. Reisetter Houck
Houck, Kathryn L. Reisetter, "A Textual Analysis of the Portrayal of Parents in Young Adult Literature" (2003). Graduate Research Papers. 3171.