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Beyond reviving Ophelia: Groups for girls 12-14 and women who care about them.

Author: Walsh-Burke,-Katherine; Scanlon,-Pauline
Author Background: Springfield Coll, School of Social Work, Springfield, MA, US
Date 2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social-Work-with-Groups
Volume/Pages Vol 23(1): 71-81
Subject Matter Women, Girls, Group Dynamics; Interpersonal Interaction; Psychoeducation, Childhood; School-Age; Adolescence
Abstract This article discusses an innovative multigenerational psychoeducational group designed for pre- adolescent and adolescent girls and the adult women who care about them. The program is based on a strengths and empowerment approach. The purposes of the group are to foster an alliance between girls and adult women, to increase awareness of the pressures girls experience in contemporary culture and to teach strategies that support girls in developing and maintaining authentic selves. Qualitative data gathered from approximately eighty girls and women who have participated indicate that the program is effective in facilitating communication among girls and women, increasing a sense of mutual support, and helping girls and women to become more critical consumers of mass media. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)