Trauma, Gender, Love, and Teen Drama
Keywords:romantic expression, ideals, challenges, trauma, adolescent, television, content analysis
Research suggests that past trauma can contribute to the downfall of long-term romantic partnerships. This study implemented a content analysis of a television show 13 Reasons Why to examine the realism of the depiction of adolescents’ romantic attitudes and quality of relationships. The show is intended to depict real, unfiltered experiences of adolescents in today’s society. The specific goal of the present study was to examine the relationship between the depictions of adolescents’ romantic expressions and their experiences with trauma. Additionally, the study examined differences in the depiction of romantic expressions based on the gender of the characters. Statistical analyses revealed that past traumatic experience was the only significant predictor of romantic expressions. Specifically, characters who had experienced the most trauma were the least likely to express romantic ideals.
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