Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure
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We constantly read about it in the news: achievement
standards across the country are at an all-time high, and
competition in schools is fierce. Teenagers today face an
enormous, unprecedented expectation to excel--but at what
In Stressed-out Girls, Roni Cohen-Sandler,
a clinical psychologist and expert on adolescent girls,
illustrates why girls feel more intensely pressured than
boys to succeed academically and socially with detrimental
effects to their performance, self-esteem, and well-being.
While trying to shine academically, juggle hectic
extracurricular activities, and navigate complex social
situations, teenage girls often feel disconnected from their
true selves--and yet feel compelled to hide their distress
from the teachers and families they want to please. Based
on her clinical work, interviews, and a comprehensive survey
of three thousand teens, Cohen-Sandler identifies five
at-risk groups of girls and gives parents and educators
practical strategies to reduce their stress, build
resiliency, and bolster their confidence.
with eye-opening firsthand stories from real girls, this
groundbreaking book gives a rare and candid glimpse into
the secret struggles of teenage girls today in their quest
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