Basis: Children read assigned literature in school and at home. While it may seem counter-intuitive to mine youth literature for these markers, the researcher's preliminary survey has found direct self-harm instruction within approximately 10% of juvenile literature and approximately 50% of teen and young adult literature. As such, the researcher feels that children's literature is an obvious place to look for ways to help children, parents, and teachers (a) learn to critique literature through an emotional wellness, or "resiliency" lens, (b) learn to recognize specific attributes and indicators of self-harm and resilience-building habits, (c) to encourage a discussion of how to teach literature in ways that can promote a young person's emotional and physical well-being, and (d) to document the mention of a reader-response to literature within a story.
QUOTATION EXAMPLES (things to look for) from Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos / Juvenile Fiction
READER-RESPONSE"I started reading about Francisco Pizarro's hard-to-believe conquest of the Incas in Peru" (pg 15)."I had been reading a great book about ancient explorers..." (pg 82)."I don't know why but at that moment I thought of the Lost Worlds book" (pg 190). RESILIENCE "Can I trade in this ticket and go play one game of baseball" (pg 218)? "But Mrs. White was determined to do the best for her family and so she wrote to President and Mrs. directly" (pg 287). "The reason you remind yourself of the stupid stuff you've done in the past is so you don't do it again" (pg 340). SELF-HARMI "felt my fun evening leap off a clif as she walked back to the kitchen door" (pg 9). "The great American writer who shot himself last summer with a loaded rifle!" (pg 181)."I didn't think Spizz was going to just fall on his sword" (pg 308)."To Be, or Not to Be" - (Hamlet)
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**Note: For the purposes of this study, "self-harm instruction" is a combination of educative reader-response concepts paired with recommended media guidelines on reporting on suicide.
Source materials - https://reap.fsi.stanford.edu/research/learning-through-readinghttps://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00031539.htm http://reportingonsuicide.org/ https://public.wsu.edu/~delahoyd/reader.crit.html