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What's Happening to Our Girls? : Too Much Too Soon - How Our Kids Are Overstimulated, Oversold And Oversexed - Maggie Hamilton

What's Happening to Our Girls?

Too Much Too Soon - How Our Kids Are Overstimulated, Oversold And Oversexed

Paperback Published: 29th June 2009
ISBN: 9780143010647
Number Of Pages: 292

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Why are girls as young as five years old concerned about their looks and addicted to shopping?

Why are young teenage girls having sex and binge-drinking, responding to chat-room predators, and bullying their peers via email and text messages?

Why are depression, cutting and eating disorders on the rise, and why, with so much choice when it comes to careers, do so many just want to marry young and have babies?

Over two years Maggie Hamilton interviewed girls, teachers, school counsellors, psychologists, and law enforcement and medical personnel to get an insider's view on what girls are experiencing at present, from birth to the teenage years.

Informed, revealing, compassionate and at times shocking, What's Happening to Our Girls? is a book for parents and all those who want to better understand and support girls.

About the Author

Maggie Hamilton is the author of two major books on the problems facing girls and boys growing up in a world that is changing very quickly and forcing them to confront major developmental issues at a very young age. She has spent five years interviewing children across a wide age spectrum and analysing the results to show how a number of issues such as drugs, drink, sexualisation, depression, body image and bullying are creating a high pressure environment for today’s children. Her research also encompasses the views of teachers, school counsellors, psychologists and law enforcement and medical personnel. What’s Happening to Our Girls? and What’s Happening to Our Boys? are major studies which have had an enormous impact on people’s attitudes to bringing up their children. While Maggie pulls no punches in discussing some of the quite shocking issues confronting today’s children, she also offers solid advice for parents and educators on how to create a more promising future for girls and boys.

Starting out
Babies worth billions
But they're only little
Survival of the prettiest
Shrinking self-esteem and imagination
Welcome to the tweens
Pester power
Young girls maturing earlier
Too sexy too soon
Tween dreams
Teens have it all
Living up to expectations
Material girls
Make-over mania
It's made to be thin
Starving for attention
The first cut
Why girlfriends matter
The bullying thing
Sexy girls in a sex-saturated world
Sex lives of teen girls
Loss of identity
Highs and lows
Walking on the wild side
Depressed
Suicidal
Violent girls
Secret lives
Alone in cyberspace
Getting into porn
Making it big on You Tube
Girls at work
Getting married
Having babies
Where to now
Bibliography

ISBN: 9780143010647
ISBN-10: 0143010646
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 29th June 2009
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 19.8
Edition Number: 1