Gender Roles and Socialization in Adolescence Essay

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A Review of Mary Pipher”s “Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls”, Laura E. Berk's “Infants and Children: Prenatal Through Middle Childhood”, and Lina A. Ricciardelli's “Self-esteem and Negative Affect as Moderators of Sociocultural Influences on Body Dissatisfaction, Strategies to Decrease Weight, and Strategies to Increase Muscles Among Adolescent Boys and Girls”

Adolescence is one of the most difficult times for development. This difficulty is experienced very differently for boys and girls. This paper will examine how gender role socialization effects girls more specifically, the emergence of eating disorders and depression in adolescent girls.

Mary Pipher, Ph.D. in her book “Reviving
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Reported often but rarely examined the phenomena of depression, anger, self hatred, and dysfunction that girls experience in adolescence is really deeply looked at in this book. The writing is clear and inviting. Each chapter examines a different problem that adolescent girls face. From families to depression, sex to drugs and alcohol the hurdles that adolescents encounter are all given quality time in the book. The experiences of her patients are as varied as possible. Yet, each girl has the same problem. They are all suffering their way through adolescence. This book really gives the reader the feeling of that suffering.

Being an adolescent girl is something that is strange and foreign to most people. Women barely remember their adolescence, other then the things they did. Unable to experience life in such an all or nothing way, most mothers of adolescent daughters cannot find ways to connect to their children. This book would defiantly help introduce dialogue that parents can use to re-connect to their daughters. Happy one minute, distraught and angry the next, adolescent girls are hard to communicate with and even harder to understand.

Tying it All Together

In the textbook “Infants and Children: Prenatal Through Middle Childhood” by Laura E. Berk there is a little bit of tie in from Pipher’s “Reviving Ophelia” about culture and self esteem. Because

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