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Avoiding profanity in books youth read

In the "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet, Latter-day Saint young people are encouraged to "choose wisely when using media." With so much technology surrounding today's youth, books are often the least of parents' worries.

However, a recent study conducted by Brigham Young University researchers found that profanity is becoming increasingly common in novels directed toward adolescents.

Published in the Mass Communication and Society Journal, the study looked at content from the New York Times' 2008 list of adolescent best sellers. Out of 40 books, 35 used profane words at least once and an average of about seven profanities per hour of reading was found. As the first study to analyze profanity in teen novels, profanities were defined as "obscene, taboo, vulgar or offensive language as deemed by the American general public."

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