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Teenage Girls

Ginny Olson
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Teenage Girls

Ginny Olson

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These two practical resources bring together the insights of counsellors and veteran youth workers, helping those in youth ministry to gain a thorough understanding of teenagers - their mental, physical, and social development, self-image, attitudes, sexuality, and spirituality.

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These two practical resources bring together the insights of counsellors and veteran youth workers, helping those in youth ministry to gain a thorough understanding of teenagers - their mental, physical, and social development, self-image, attitudes, sexuality, and spirituality.
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Girls are more than just sugar and spice. We've all figured that out. What we haven't figured out completely is how they're wired, why they do the things they do, how the world around them affects their choices and opinions, and what that means for youth ministry--until now.In Teenage Girls, you'll find advice from counselors and veteran youth workers, along with helpful suggestions on how to minister to teenage girls. Each chapter includes discussion questions to help you and other youth workers process the issues your own students face and learn how you can help them and mentor them through this tumultuous time.In addition to the traditional issues people commonly associate with girls, such as eating disorders, self-image issues, and depression, author Ginny Olson will guide you through some of the new issues on the rise in girls' lives. You'll understand more about issues related to: Family - Addiction - Emotional well-being - Mentalhealth - Physical welfare - Sexuality - Spiritual
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Teenage Girls: Exploring Issues Adolescent Girls Face and Strategies to Help Them Copyright copy; 2006 by Ginny Olson Youth Specialties products, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020 are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49530. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Olson, Ginny. Teenage girls : exploring the issues that adolescent girls face and the strategies to help them / by Ginny Olson. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN-10: 0-310-26632-7 (pbk.) ISBN-13: 0-310-26632-7 (pbk.) 1. Church work with teenagers. 2. Teenage girls--Religious life. I. Title. BV4447.O485 2006 259'.23--dc22 2006003986 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition). Copyright copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other (except for brief quotations in printed reviews) without the prior permission of the publisher. Web site addresses listed in this book were current at the time of publication. Please contact Youth Specialties via e-mail (YS@YouthSpecialties.com) to report URLs that are no longer operational and replacement URLs if available. Creative Team: Dave Urbanski, Laura Gross, Heather Haggerty, Janie Wilkerson, and Mark Novelli Cover design by Burnkit Printed in the United States 06 07 08 09 10 bull; 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 CHAPTER ONE IDENTITY MATTERS Elise watched Karla drift into the youth room with a swarm of boys surrounding her, basking in her glow. With a flip of her dark brown hair, she'd smile at the ones who made her laugh-and they were all trying. Her short denim skirt was slung low around her hips, her long legs seemed to stretch into oblivion, and one strap of her black knit tank top was resting provocatively off one shoulder. Even the guy leaders turned their heads when she walked in. Elise just shook her head. Karla was only 15, but she'd already mastered the art of flirting. They were starting small groups that night, and Elise was dismayed to learn that Karla was in her group. If Elise were honest, she'd admit that Karla intimidated her. She had never really talked to Karla, as the girl only attended youth group in spurts. Plus, Elise had never felt comfortable around "girly girls." She was an athlete who'd broken a few school records when she was in college. How on earth was she going to connect with someone like Karla? Elise had vague misgivings that this group was going to focus more on makeovers and boy-toys than on anything substantial. Later that evening, as they sat in tiny orange plastic chairs around the linoleum table in the second grade Sunday school room, the girls in Elise's group were sharing their stories. Elise had to hide her surprise as Karla talked about how much time basketball required, and how it was taking her away from church and her studies. She was hoping to win a much-needed scholarship for college, but she was debating whether or not it was worth the cost. When Karla asked the group to pray for her, Elise thought, "They need to be praying for me." Even though she believed she was seeing the whole picture, Elise had seen only one of Karla's personas. An adolescent girl is multifaceted, and which facet she chooses to show all depends on her mood. She's wavering in a
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Eating Disorders, depression, gender confusion---these sound like problems for other people, but the reality is your students are dealing with them every day. The issues that girls face are growing in complexity and number. Written with the end user in mind, this resource will be one that won't leave a youth worker's hands.
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Meet the Author

Ginny Olson

Ginny is currently the codirector of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies and assistant professor of youth ministry at North Park University and Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Before teaching undergraduate and seminary students, she was involved in hands-on youth ministry for more than twenty years at various churches and camps, including serving on staff in the junior high ministry at Willow Creek Community Church. She is coauthor of the Youth Specialties resource, Youth Ministry Management Tools, as well as an editor and contributing author for Breaking the Gender Barrier in YouA

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • No Tourists Need Apply 7
  • Chapter 1: Identity Matters 15
  • Background 17
  • Infl Uences On Identity Development 19
  • The Contexts Of Identity Development 20
  • Self-esteem 27
  • The Youth Worker's Role 28
  • Chapter 2: The Adolescent Girl's Body---in Search Of 'normal' 31
  • Her Body Is Changing 33
  • Her Secondary Sex Characteristics 36
  • Her Primary Sex Characteristics 38
  • Early Maturation 42
  • Late Maturation 44
  • Strategies For Youth Workers 45
  • The Youth Worker's Role 46
  • Chapter 3: The Adolescent Girl's Body---body Issues 49
  • Body Image 51
  • Extreme Exercise 58
  • Obesity 58
  • Eating Disorders 60
  • Recovery And Treatment For Eating Disorders 70
  • The Youth Worker's Role 70
  • Chapter 4: Altered State: Adolescent Girls And Self-injury 73
  • Self-injury 75
  • The Youth Worker's Role 78
  • Chapter 5: Dating Matters 81
  • A Little Dating History 83
  • Stages Of Dating: Early Adolescence 83
  • Stages Of Dating: Middle Adolescence 85
  • Emerging Patterns And Issues 88
  • The Youth Worker's Role 93
  • Chapter 6: Sex Matters 97
  • Girls' Sexual Activity---by The Numbers 98
  • Oral Sex: The New Game In Town 100
  • Incest And Sexual Abuse 102
  • Pregnancy And Abortion 104
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases 108
  • Same-sex Attraction 113
  • Chapter 7: Emotional Matters 121
  • The Turmoil Of The Adolescent Girl's Emotions 123
  • Stress And Anxiety 127
  • Depression 131
  • Suicide 137
  • The Youth Worker's Role 140
  • Chapter 8: Brain Matters: Cognitive And Educational Issues 143
  • Gender Differences 148
  • A Girl's Mental Development: Issues 150
  • The Youth Worker's Role 159
  • Chapter 9: Family Matters 161
  • When Puberty Hits... 162
  • The Role Of Mothers 165
  • The Role Of Fathers 168
  • The Impact Of Divorce 171
  • Siblings 175
  • Immigrant Family Issues 178
  • The Youth Worker's Role 182
  • Chapter 10: Friendship Matters 183
  • How Friendships Change From Childhood To Adolescence 185
  • How Girls' Friendships Differ From Boys' Friendships 189
  • Girls And Relational Aggression 191
  • Girls And Violence 195
  • The Youth Worker's Role 196
  • Chapter 11: Faith Matters 199
  • Pre-adolescent Faith 201
  • Early Adolescent Faith 202
  • Middle Adolescent Faith 205
  • Alternative Spirituality 206
  • The Youth Worker's Role 209
  • Notes 211

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Excerpt from: Teenage Girls

CHAPTER ONE IDENTITY MATTERS Elise watched Karla drift into the youth room with a swarm of boys surrounding her, basking in her glow. With a flip of her dark brown hair, she'd smile at the ones who made her laugh---and they were all trying. Her short denim skirt was slung low around her hips, her long legs seemed to stretch into oblivion, and one strap of her black knit tank top was resting provocatively off one shoulder. Even the guy leaders turned their heads when she walked in. Elise just shook her head. Karla was only 15, but she'd already mastered the art of flirting. They were starting small groups that night, and Elise was dismayed to learn that Karla was in her group. If Elise were honest, she'd admit that Karla intimidated her. She had never really talked to Karla, as the girl only attended youth group in spurts. Plus, Elise had never felt comfortable around 'girly girls.' She was an athlete who'd broken a few school records when she was in college. How on earth was she going to connect with someone like Karla? Elise had vague misgivings that this group was going to focus more on makeovers and boy-toys than on anything substantial. Later that evening, as they sat in tiny orange plastic chairs around the linoleum table in the second grade Sunday school room, the girls in Elise's group were sharing their stories. Elise had to hide her surprise as Karla talked about how much time basketball required, and how it was taking her away from church and her studies. She was hoping to win a much-needed scholarship for college, but she was debating whether or not it was worth the cost. When Karla asked the group to pray for her, Elise thought, 'They need to be praying for me.' Even though she believed she was seeing the whole picture, Elise had seen only one of Karla's personas. An adolescent girl is multifaceted, and which facet she chooses to show all depends on her mood. She's wavering in a world where some days she wishes she could still play with her dolls, yet she recognizes that her body is now able to bear children. She's in a constant state of fl ux, wondering who she is right now, and who she'll be tomorrow. Some days she'll feel as though she's 21. Other days, she's 10 again. It's a season of setting aside her childhood props and grieving that loss, while at the same time eagerly rejoicing as she becomes an adult. This isn't a one-day decision; it's a process that takes place over her adolescent years, as she constantly tries on new personalities and casts off others. During this phase of her life, change is the only constant; every relationship is shifting, and every belief is questioned. What she once knew was solid ground now feels as though an earthquake hit it. She's not quite sure where to fi nd the stability of her childhood, or if she even wants to. In the midst of this chaos, she's screaming the question of adolescence: 'Who am I?' Tied to that question is a whole series of other questions: Who is she in relation to her friends? To her family? To her community? She's seeking to find her identity. BACKGROUND Erik Erikson is the name most frequently associated with the topic of identity development in adolescents. Erikson, a researcher in the area of human development, divided the human life span into phases, and a key issue marks each phase. According to Erikson, the adolescent phase of life deals with the issue of 'identity versus identity confusion.'1 In other words, during her adolescent years it's healthy for a teenage girl to try to figure out who she is and how she fi ts into her surrounding context. The unhealthy alternative (or 'identity confusion') occurs when a girl reaches the end of adolescence (around her early 20s), and she hasn't made a commitment to any identity. Identity formation is why it's normal for a girl to walk into youth group one month dressed in black Goth attire (and an attitude to match), while next month she's wearing polo shirts and Shetland sweaters. She's researching different personas to see what she likes and what others respond to affirmatively (in her judgment). Ideally, according to Erikson's theory, by the time she's reached young adulthood, she'll have made choices and commitments about her beliefs, her values, and her goals in life. All of these help form an identity that's acceptable to her, as well as to her larger community. However, if at age 22 she's still walking into church wearing a punk outfit one Sunday and hip-hop the next, those are indicators that she's not moving in a healthy direction. Those kinds of drastic, external persona changes are a sign that she's floundering internally and having a difficult time committing to an identity. She's probably still waffling about what she believes, what she really values, and what she wants to do with her life. She's emerging from adolescence without a committed answer in any of these areas. This uncertainty about who she is as she heads into young adulthood results in what Erikson would call 'identity confusion.' Erikson doesn't claim that adolescence is the only time people deal with their identities; discerning one's identity is a lifelong process. However, adolescence is when the questions about identity are at the forefront of life and most critical to a person's future development. Some theorists and researchers have challenged Erikson's theories, saying his research is biased toward males. They propose that adolescent girls place a higher value on intimacy and forming an identity in relationship with others than adolescent boys do, and that a girl will forgo pursuing goals and opportunities if it requires sacrificing a relationship. But gender influences on identity development seem to be dissipating.2 'We are...most aware of our identity when we are just about to gain it and when we (with that startle which motion pictures call a 'double take') are somewhat surprised to make its acquaintance; or, again, when we are just about to enter a crisis and feel the encroachment of identity confusion.'3 ---Erik Erikson, Identity and the Life Cycle INFLUENCES ON IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT In the past, a girl developed her sense of self among those she knew: family (including her extended family), friends, and people in her community. She took part in traditions, such as rites of passage, where she learned about her culture and received input from the elders in the community so she would understand that she was part of a legacy of a long line of strong women. She would receive religious guidance---not just from her pastor, but also from others in her community. She would receive role training from her mother, grandmother, aunts, older sisters, and other women in the community. All this was done with only minimal input from the outside world. Then came the advent of television, videos, print media geared toward adolescent girls, cell phones, and especially influential---the Internet. An adolescent girl is now influenced by a multitude of sources, and they're not just from her community but, quite literally, from around the world. And these sources are sending her a variety of messages, many of which are contradictory:

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  • Catalogue Code 241892
  • Product Code 0310266327
  • EAN 9780310266327
  • UPC 025986266325
  • Pages 240
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Youth Ministry
  • Sub-Category Youth Leaders
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date May 2006
  • Sales Rank #18814
  • Dimensions 231 x 152 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.263kg

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