Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Teenage girls--Counseling of; Self-esteem in adolescence;
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
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
William P. Callahan
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©2004 Laurie A. Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick, Laurie A., "The school counselor's role in empowering adolescent girls" (2004). Graduate Research Papers. 1001.