How the achievement frenzy is harming today’s teenage girls
Increased competition and an emphasis on excelling at all costs is creating debilitating pressure for adolescent girls. Based on clinical work, interviews, and a comprehensive survey of 3,000 teens, Dr. Cohen-Sandler gives concerned parents and teachers invaluable insights into what makes girls particularly vulnerable to harmful stress, the knowledge to identify those at greatest risk, and practical strategies to reduce their stress, build resiliency, and bolster self-confidence.
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Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D., is the author of two previous books and has written for many publications. Her numerous television and radio appearances include the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Today, and NPR.From Publishers Weekly:
Many adolescent girls struggle with tremendous academic and social stress. Although it's common for them to bury their anguish, clinical psychologist Cohen-Sandler uncovers it in this treatise on the true feelings of 3,000 teenaged girls. Drawing on her clinical work, interviews and a wide-ranging survey, Cohen-Sandler identifies five types of worried girls and lays out strategies for helping them lessen anxiety, develop resiliency and build confidence. Among Cohen-Sandler's types are "adapting girls" who are challenged by transitions, "undervalued girls" who wrestle with "square peg" dilemmas, "insecure girls" who are desperate for acceptance, perfectionist girls who "burn too bright," and "distracted girls" whose minds wander. Geared specifically toward parents, the advice is practical and realistic: create a strong alliance with your daughter, avoid comparisons and enlist teachers' assistance. Mainly, though, Cohen-Sandler wants parents to convey to their daughters that they "are lovable despite their inevitable imperfections." The author has a substantial background in writing about teenaged girls in Girls' Life and Seventeen, and her wise, well-researched chronicle should be of help to parents of teen girls struggling with stress.
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