Urban Girls Revisited: Building Strengths

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Urban Girls Revisited explores the diversity of urban adolescent girls' development and the sources of support and resilience that help them to build the foundations of strength that they need as they enter adulthood. Urban girls are frequently marginalized by poverty, ethnic discrimination, and stereotypes suggesting that they have deficits compared to their peers. In fact, urban girls do often "grow up fast," taking on multiple adult roles and responsibilities in contexts of high levels of adversities. Yet a majority of these girls show remarkable strengths in the face of challenges, and their families and communities provide many assets to support their development. This new volume showcases these strengths.
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“Offers a significant contribution to the field of gender and adolescent development. Using cutting edge theory and research, it opens windows into the lives of a diverse group of adolescent girls. By emphasizing the social context of these girls’ lives, the contributors illustrate the complex interplay between individuals and the relationships with which they engage and the choices they make.”
-Lauren E. Duncan,Smith College
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814752128
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 381
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie J. Leadbeater is Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria and co-author, with Niobe Way, of Urban Girls and of Growing up Fast. She is also co-editor of Investing in Children, Youth, Families and Communities: Strengths-Based Research and Policy, Resilience in Children, Families, and Communities: Linking Context to Intervention and Policy, and Ethical Issues in Community-Based Research with Children and Youth.

Niobe Way is Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education. She is a three-time NYU Press author/editor, having written Everyday Courage and edited Adolescent Boys as well as having co-edited Urban Girls with Bonnie Leadbeater in 1996. She is also co-editor of The Experience of Close Friendship in Adolescence.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Preface   Niobe Way     xiii
Introduction: Urban Girls: Building Strengths, Creating Momentum   Bonnie J. Leadbeater     1
Resituating Positive Development for Urban Adolescent Girls
The Many Faces of Urban Girls: Features of Positive Development in Early Adolescence   Richard M. Lerner   Erin Phelps   Amy Alberts   Yulika Forman   Elise D. Christiansen     19
From Urban Girls to Resilient Women: Studying Adaptation Across Development in the Context of Adversity   Anne Shaffer   Brianna Coffino   Kristen Boelcke-Stennes   Ann S. Masten     53
Safe Spaces Revisited
Makin' Homes: An Urban Girl Thing   Jennifer Pastor   Jennifer McCormick   Michelle Fine   Ruth Andolsen   Nora Friedman   Nikki Richardson   Tanzania Roach   Marina Tavarez     75
"They Are Like a Friend": Othermothers Creating Empowering, School-Based Community Living Rooms in Latina and Latino Middle Schools   Nancy Lopez   Chalane E. Lechuga     97
To Stay or to Leave? How Do Mentoring Groups Support Healthy Dating Relationships in High-Risk Girls?   Elizabeth Banister   Bonnie J. Leadbeater     121
Caring Connections: MentoringRelationships in the Lives of Urban Girls   Jean E. Rhodes   Anita A. Davis   Leslie R. Prescott   Renee Spencer     142
Latina Girls: "We're Like Sisters-Most Times!"   Jill McLean Taylor   Carmen N. Veloria   Martina C. Verba     157
Culture, Parents, and Protection
Changes in African American Mother-Daughter Relationships During Adolescence: Conflict, Autonomy, and Warmth   Catherine L. Costigan   Ana Mari Cauce   Kenyatta Etchison     177
The "Good" News and the "Bad" News: The "Americanization" of Hmong Girls   Stacey J. Lee     202
Resistance: Personal and Political
"Don't Die With Your Work Balled Up in Your Fists": Contesting Social Injustice Through Participatory Research   Maria Elena Torre   Michelle Fine   Natasha Alexander   Emily Genao     221
Uncovering Truths, Recovering Lives: Lessons of Resistance in the Socialization of Black Girls   Janie Victoria Ward     243
Claiming Sexuality in Relationships: Taking Stock and Gaining Control
"If You Let Me Play...": Does High School Physical Activity Reduce Urban Young Adult Women's Sexual Risks?   Allison J. Tracy   Sumru Erkut     263
Condom Use Among Sexually Active Latina Girls in Alternative High Schools   Jill Denner   Karin Coyle      281
Girl-on-Girl Sexuality   Ritch C. Savin-Williams     301
When Adversity Is Overwhelming-Then What?
Understanding Health Disparities Among Female Street Youth   Cecilia Benoit   Mikael Jansson   Murray Anderson     321
Businesswomen in Urban Life   Carl S. Taylor   Pamela R. Smith   Virgil A. Taylor     338
About the Contributors     361
Index     365
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