The Gender of Chronically Ill Characters in Children's Realistic Fiction, 1970–1994.

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      The purpose of this study was to determine how the numbers of female chronically ill characters compared with the numbers of male chronically ill characters in children's books. I used 100% sampling to investigate the 78 children's chapter books with chronically ill main characters which met the criteria for inclusion in this study. Four-fifths (80.8%) of the children's books studied had female chronically ill main characters, 18% had chronically ill male main characters, and 1.3% had a chronically ill main character of each gender. This preponderance of ill female characters reflects the traditional societal view that female bodies are inherently pathological. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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