Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls

Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls

by Leonard Sax

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A parenting expert reveals the four biggest threats to girls' psychological growth and explains how parents can help their daughters develop a healthy sense of self.

In Girls on the Edge, psychologist and physician Leonard Sax argues that many girls today have a brittle sense of self-they may look confident and strong on the outside, but they're fragile within. Sax offers the tools we need to help them become independent and confident women, and provides parents with practical tips on everything from helping their daughter limit her time on social media, to choosing a sport, to nurturing her spirit through female-centered activities.

Compelling and inspiring, Girls on the Edge points the way to a new future for today's girls and young women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465022069
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 120,271
Product dimensions: 8.04(w) x 5.58(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., is a graduate of MIT and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned both his Ph.D. (in psychology) and his M.D. He is founder and executive director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education (NASSPE). His scholarly work has been published in a variety of prestigious journals, including American Psychologist, Educational Horizons, Behavioral Neuroscience, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has been a featured guest on CNN, PBS, The Today Show, Fox News, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and many other national and international programs. He lives with his wife and daughter in suburban Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

introduction: three girls 1

Chapter 1 first factor: sexual identity 11

Chapter 2 second factor: the cyberbubble 37

Chapter 3 third factor: obsessions 67

Chapter 4 fourth factor: environmental toxins 99

Chapter 5 mind 121

Chapter 6 body 155

Chapter 7 spirit 181

acknowledgments 215

notes 219

permission credits 247

index 249

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Girls on the Edge 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BettyB112 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a helpful, not-preachy book about how to navigate the world today with a daughter in tow. This book is quite readable and I found myself enjoying the stories of the girls he featured in the book. I even found myself in the book, which was a surprise. This book helped us (my husband and me) to create reasonable guidelines for our daughter concerning all of the technology at her fingertips, as well as nurturing her soul and keeping her healthy. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a daughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for parents, educators, and anyone who works with adolescent girls. So helpful to understand the factors effecting young women today, along with action steps to take to help them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having a girl on the edge in my family I wish I'd have read this a few years back. The life that your girl is facing today is nothing like you grew up in and this book gave me some "aha" moments that clarified some of the issues we are having.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read "Boys Adrift" by the same author and had to read "Girls on Edge." I found myself nodding my head and thinking, "so true." There are some pretty startling and upsetting topics brought up in these books that as parents we need to be aware of. I started to reduce our consumption of foods from plastic containers immediately. Other topics require a little more thought and conversation with my husband. This book got us talking!
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very eye opening and interesting. all educators should read.
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