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lecture 9--Blackboard - Adolescent Social and Health Issues...

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1 Adolescent Social and Health Issues Psychology of Women Dr. Shauna M. Cooper February 9, 2010 Identity Development Important hallmark of adolescence “Who we are and what we want to make of lives” Adolescents individuate Separate themselves as separate and unique Similar for both boys and girls— Differentiating between “separateness” and “connectedness Specific Social and Health Issues Self-Esteem Body Image Eating Disorders Sexuality
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2 Self-esteem in adolescence Definition: The sense of worth or value that people believe they possess Associated with healthy psychological adjustment Does self-esteem get better or worse in adolescence? Self-esteem declines for most people in early adolescence Self-esteem declines for more girls than boys Self-Esteem Life Trajectories Self-esteem in adolescence Survey of 2400 girls/600 boys: 8-9 year olds: 69% of boys, 60% of girls felt confident, happy with themselves 16-17 year olds: 46% of boys, 29% of girls felt confident, happy with themselves Why do more girls have a decline in self-esteem?
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3 Self-esteem in adolescence Why are girls more likely to experience a decline in their self-esteem? Physical appearance closely linked to self-esteem Girls less happy with their appearance than boys Self-objectification : body as a sexualized object that is evaluated and expected to meet very strict aesthetic standards Self-esteem in adolescence: School Influences Teachers pay less attention to girls than boys call on boys more often—give them more time to
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