Graduate Research Papers


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The purpose of this study was to use content analysis to focus on the nature of traditional religious and spiritual elements in young adult fiction books.

Thirty-two books from ALA/s "Best of the Best Books 1966-1986" were read, and eight religious contexfs were checked. The findings revealed over one half of the books included moderate traditional religious contexts. About three fourths of the religious contexts were positive, but over one half of them were also negative. Most of the negatives were applied to religious workers and participants in religion. The one book which had strong religious context was totally negative. Satanist/witchcraft and New Age contexts were found in smalI amounts and always in a positive sense.

The researcher feels that this much negative traditional religious context, particularily about religious workers and participants, does not mirror society today. People who select books need to be aware of the religious contexts and choose books that represent what ls current in society.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara R. Safford


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