Familial Dysfunction in Young Adult Horror Fiction

by Lambert, Robert W.

Abstract (Summary)
This paper examines how young adult horror novels use dysfunctional family states to represent the anxieties of the protagonists. Sixteen young adult horror novels written between 1982 and 2002 were studied and subjected to latent content analysis. The study found that every novel depicted dysfunctional families and that dispelling the dysfunction constituted the true resolution of the story.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Brian Sturm

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:horror fiction – evaluation content analysis young adults’ literature


Date of Publication:11/18/2005

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