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This study, patterned after Carolyn Baggett's 1980 doctoral research at the University of Mississippi, was designed to determine if recommended realistic fiction published for young adults in the years 1979-1986 was significantly different (p = .05) than that published in the years 1960-1969 and 1970-1978, The "Chi-square Test with Probe" was used to test the frequencies of 40 characteristics. The categories contained three image statements which were used to record characterizations of older persons in the literature. One statement was a negative stereotype, one was a positive stereotype, and the third was realistic based on gerontological studies. Sixteen books to be read for the present research were randomly selected from a Iist of 44 titles identified by media specialists as containing senior adults. The 1960's/1980's data produced six significantly different categories and the 1970's/1980's data produced ten significant categories. Because a majority of the 40 categories for- each of the periods of the 1960's and the 1970's were not significantly different when compared with those of the 1980's, the null hypotheses were accepted.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Elizabeth Martin


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