- Many teen girls hit rock bottom with their self-esteem during the adolescent years whereas teen boys tend to remain the same or even rises once they enter puberty.
- Found that girls greatly outnumber boys for treatment of depression and attempted suicide
- Self-Esteem Enhancement program developed by Notar and Wagler-Martin called, “Glad To Be Me.”
- A seven-week program aimed at Grade 9 teen girls
- Develop better body acceptance, trusting relationships, improved communication, assertiveness skills, amongst others
- In high school, the emphasis is on your looks and not growing and developing and furthering your education
- Grade 9 is a pivotal point for adolescents – not a child, not an adult
- The girls in the pilot program said it helped to boost their self- confidence and made them realize they weren’t alone in their turmoil.
- Found that many girls suffer from “Cinderella complex” where they’re sitting waiting for someone, usually a man, to come and rescue them
Reference: Yelaja, P. (1996, Nov 08). Teen years perilous for girls’ self-esteem: [Final edition]. The Standard Retrieved from https://tcsedsystem.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.tcsedsystem.idm.oclc.org/docview/349021333?accountid=34120