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Keywords

Teenage girls--Counseling of; Self-esteem in adolescence;

Abstract

Although many books and articles have been written on the topic of adolescence and the challenges having to do with this developmental stage, there is an increasing need for school counselors to provide programming to empower today's adolescent girls. Research has long shown that a decline in self-esteem accompanies puberty (Dee, 1997). In fact, one study found significant gender differences which indicate that girls are at a much higher risk for not only developing, but also for maintaining low levels of self-esteem (Simmons & Blyth, 1987).

With all of the problems facing contemporary adolescents, empowering girls with a positive self-image can help save them from making bad decisions involving such things as relationships, sex, substance abuse, or eating disorders, and, instead, help them focus on their goals, values, and dreams for the future. While the school counselor cannot accomplish this alone, he or she can certainly make a difference by providing pertinent psycho-educational group opportunities.

Year of Submission

2004

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

William P. Callahan

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Date Original

2004

Object Description

1 PDF file (24 pages)

Language

EN

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