Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls
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by Leonard Sax, M.D.
Girls are cutting themselves with razors. Girls are convinced they're fat, and starve themselves to prove it. Other girls are so anxious about grades they can't sleep at night--at eleven years of age. What's going on? Here, family psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax provides the answers. He shares stories of girls who look confident and strong on the outside, but are fragile within. He shows why a growing proportion of teen and tween girls are confused about their sexual identity, or are obsessed with grades or Facebook. Dr. Sax provides parents with tools to help girls become confident women, along with practical tips on helping your daughter choose a sport, nurturing her spirit through female-centered activities, and more.--From publisher description.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: three girls -- Chapter 1. first factor: sexual identity -- Chapter 2. second factor: the cyberbubble -- Chapter 3. third factor: obsessions -- Chapter 4. fourth factor: environmental toxins -- Chapter 5. mind -- Chapter 6. body -- Chapter 7. spirit -- acknowledgments -- notes -- permission credits -- index.
Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., is a graduate of MIT and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned both his Ph.D. (in psychology) and his M.D. He is founder and executive director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education (NASSPE). His scholarly work has been published in a variety of prestigious journals, including "American Psychologist," "Educational Horizons," "Behavioral Neuroscience," and the "Journal of the American Medical Association." He has been a featured guest on CNN, PBS, The Today Show, Fox News, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and many other national and international programs. He lives with his wife and daughter in suburban Philadelphia.