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The Not So Horrible Consequences of Reading Banned Books

"A new study of Texas teens found no connection between reading edgy books and mental health issues or delinquent behavior.

 

From The Catcher in the Rye to The Color Purple, countless books have been banned from school libraries over the years, usually because parents or administrators fear they somehow could be harmful to kids. Well, new research suggests these volumes may indeed have an impact on young, malleable minds.

 

A positive impact."

 

(From Pacific Standard, April 10, 2014)