TEENAGE GIRLS: Exploring Issues Adolescent Girls Face and Strategies to Help Them

Paperback | May 23, 2006

byGinny Olson

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Girls are more than just sugar and spice. We’ve all figured that out. What we haven’t figured out completely is how they’re wired, why they do the things they do, how the world around them affects their choices and opinions, and what that means for youth ministry—until now. In Teenage Girls, you’ll find advice from counselors and veteran youth workers, along with helpful suggestions on how to minister to teenage girls. Each chapter includes discussion questions to help you and other youth workers process the issues your own students face and learn how you can help them and mentor them through this tumultuous time. In addition to the traditional issues people commonly associate with girls, such as eating disorders, self-image issues, and depression, author Ginny Olson will guide you through some of the new issues on the rise in girls’ lives. You’ll understand more about issues related to: Family • Addiction • Emotional well-being • Mental health • Physical welfare • Sexuality • Spirituality • Relationships

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Girls are more than just sugar and spice. We’ve all figured that out. What we haven’t figured out completely is how they’re wired, why they do the things they do, how the world around them affects their choices and opinions, and what that means for youth ministry—until now. In Teenage Girls, you’ll find advice from counselors and veter...

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Girls are more than just sugar and spice. We've all figured that out. What we haven't figured out completely is how they're wired, why they do the things they do, how the world around them affects their choices and opinions, and what that means for youth ministry--until now. In Teenage Girls, you'll find advice from counselors and vet...

Ginny Olson abides in Minneapolis, MN where she is the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church as well as a writer, speaker and consultant. Previously, she was one of two directors of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.  She also served ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.13 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:May 23, 2006Publisher:Zondervan/Youth SpecialtiesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310266327

ISBN - 13:9780310266327

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Table of Contents

CONTENTSNo Tourists Need Apply 7Chapter 1: Identity Matters 15Background 17Infl uences on Identity Development 19The Contexts of Identity Development 20Self-Esteem 27The Youth Worker's Role 28Chapter 2: The Adolescent Girl's Body---In Search of "Normal" 31Her Body Is Changing 33Her Secondary Sex Characteristics 36Her Primary Sex Characteristics 38Early Maturation 42Late Maturation 44Strategies for Youth Workers 45The Youth Worker's Role 46Chapter 3: The Adolescent Girl's Body---Body Issues 49Body Image 51Extreme Exercise 58Obesity 58Eating Disorders 60Recovery and Treatment for Eating Disorders 70The Youth Worker's Role 70Chapter 4: Altered State: Adolescent Girls and Self-Injury 73Self-Injury 75The Youth Worker's Role 78Chapter 5: Dating Matters 81A Little Dating History 83Stages of Dating: Early Adolescence 83Stages of Dating: Middle Adolescence 85Emerging Patterns and Issues 88The Youth Worker's Role 93Chapter 6: Sex Matters 97Girls' Sexual Activity---by the Numbers 98Oral Sex: The New Game in Town 100Incest and Sexual Abuse 102Pregnancy and Abortion 104Sexually Transmitted Diseases 108Same-Sex Attraction 113Chapter 7: Emotional Matters 121The Turmoil of the Adolescent Girl's Emotions 123Stress and Anxiety 127Depression 131Suicide 137The Youth Worker's Role 140Chapter 8: Brain Matters: Cognitive and Educational Issues 143Gender Differences 148A Girl's Mental Development: Issues 150The Youth Worker's Role 159Chapter 9: Family Matters 161When Puberty Hits. 162The Role of Mothers 165The Role of Fathers 168The Impact of Divorce 171Siblings 175Immigrant Family Issues 178The Youth Worker's Role 182Chapter 10: Friendship Matters 183How Friendships Change from Childhood to Adolescence 185How Girls' Friendships Differ from Boys' Friendships 189Girls and Relational Aggression 191Girls and Violence 195The Youth Worker's Role 196Chapter 11: Faith Matters 199Pre-Adolescent Faith 201Early Adolescent Faith 202Middle Adolescent Faith 205Alternative Spirituality 206The Youth Worker's Role 209Notes 211

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'...highly informative, with heart, and not just another textbook or medical journal. A helpful resource for any youth worker or parent.'