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Portrayal of older characters in children's magazines
Author(s)Gina M Almerico, Thompson Fillmer
Journal titleEducational Gerontology, vol 14, no 1, 1988
Pagespp 15-31
KeywordsOlder people ; Literature ; Children ; Attitudes to the old of general public ; United States of America.
Annotation101 magazine issues containing 2186 stories were examined for accuracy of presentation and of the traits of over 65s in American society. The research also considered whether the role of the older character in a story is fully developed through story involvement, and whether portrayal in text or pictures is positive, negative or neutral. Results of the analysis indicated that older characters in the issues of children's magazines examined were not victims of blatant discrimination. There were, however, subtle hints of prejudice present in the stories. Older characters were not represented in proportion to their numbers in the actual population. It was concluded that the messages to young readers regarding older people were mixed and inaccurate. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930722128
ClassmarkB: HK: SBC: TOB: 7T

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