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Transcript of Girls
As girls enter adolescence, from ages 9 to 13, their confidence declines sharply and they experience higher rates of depression
Moody behaviour that was frequently attributed to adolescent hormonal ups and downs is now more closely scrutinized and considered as possible early-onset depression.
or girls, depression typically stems from “low self-esteem, negative body image, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, and stress
more than half of all girls wish they were someone else
2. Question 1 & Presentation
3. Learning Centers
4. Question 2 & Discussion
Young girls often act naive or hide their intelligence and abilities because they think this is the way to be socially accepted and popular.
Eating disorders are the third most common illness in adolescents girls due to social, cultural, and psychological factors, as well as pressure from the media.
To what extent should we as educators gain a deeper understanding about mental health issues in adolescent girls?
1. Take graphic organizer to each center
2. Using the materials and instructions at each center fill out your graphic organizer
3. When the music stops, change stations
How can we become a better support network for adolescent girls struggling with mental health issues?
Problems with solutions?
start an after school girls club (Girl Empowerment Club)
have an open door policy with students
introduce positive role models and media images and be one yourself
encourage dialogue in classrooms about gender and mental health in a safe environment
hesitation to join clubs that make students appear weak, or with others they do not like (gossiping)
exaggeration, dishonestly, learned behaviours and attention seeking
open door policy - you have to advise that students see school counselor, and are obligated to tell someone if a student is in danger
controversial issues can be tough to discuss in a classroom full of adolescents
increasing awareness has limitations, students have to want help and want to listen in order for the message to impact student
Drugs & Alcohol
Why it's hard for girls to just say no:
Barbie/Average 19 year old female