Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors
Grief in children -- Juvenile literature, Bereavement in children -- Juvenile literature, Grief in children -- Sex differences, Grief -- Juvenile fiction, Children's literature -- Sex differences
Gender stereotypes, gender roles and the underrepresentation of women permeate modern American culture. These forms of sexism limit the socially acceptable ways that children are able to express difficult emotion as they move through the grief process. This study focuses on these forms of sexism as they influence the creation and continuation of gendered grief by coding seventeen children’s grief picture books. Findings support the hypotheses that, not only are gender stereotypes, roles and the underrepresentation of both men and women present in grief picture books, but that they contribute to gendered grief. Suggestions for future research include a larger sample size and in-depth looks at specific contributors to gendered grief.
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Budgeon, Machaila, "References to Gendered Grief in Children's Media: A Content Analysis of Grief Picture Books" (2015). University Honors Theses. Paper 189.