Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


The purpose of this study was to determine if characters with attention deficit disorder in children's and young adult literature possess the same traits as patients diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. This research examined books that contained at least one character with attention deficit disorder.

A content analysis methodology was used, and a book analysis form was completed for each book examined. The form was used to record the gender of the character with attention deficit disorder and characteristics associated with the disorder including inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The researcher predicted that the majority of the books would have male characters and that the characteristics associated with attention deficit disorder would be portrayed correctly according to the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual (AP A, 1994). This study found that there are significantly more books published containing male characters with attention deficit disorder than books containing female characters with attention deficit disorder. This study also found that the characteristics presented in the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual were portrayed correctly

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Yolanda Hood


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