Beauty has become a leading trend in our society, but the definition of beauty has been distorted in the minds of many teenage girls. They are willing to go to any lengths to achieve the beauty demonstrated in the media today. The purpose is to educate girls about the value of loving themselves and placing emphasis on high Self-Esteem. Teenage Girls Self Esteem is determined by how you feel about what you think you are. The beliefs you develop about yourself create a certain perception which is called your self concept. Many girls have negative beliefs and feelings about themselves which leads to low teenage girls self esteem. Sometimes starting puberty earlyor late can effect how you view yourself because it can make you feel like you don't "fit in."
According to research: “There are many reasons why depression is rampant in young people. They face unprecedented pressures to succeed, to feel beautiful, to measure up with their peers. The college race is harder and more uncertain than ever. As the pressure has increased, so has anxiety, because adults aren't there to teach kids how to handle it. It's exploding in eating disorders, anxiety disorders and aggression”. Girls are dissatisfied with who they are and is constantly finding unrealistic ways to improve their images regardless of the cost.
Some teens struggle with their self-esteem when they begin puberty because the body goes through many changes. These changes, combined with a natural desire to feel accepted, it can be tempting for people to compare themselves with others. They may compare themselves with the people around them or with actors and celebs they see on TV, in movies, at school and their surrounding neighborhoods.
According to research: There is a high percentage of teens experiencing depression in the United States alone and the majority of them are girls. Teens suffering from depression is also exposed to other mental disorders that can be carried throughout their adult life.
There is a crisis going on with girls with low self-esteem because parents are failing to prepare them for the changes that is taking place in their bodies, during the developmental stages it is a must to walk them through these years of on going changes. The crazy cultural pressure can make or break a teen regardless of the race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or educational achievement.
In order to help teen girls it is important to introduce them to an alternative way of surviving the teen years. For example, after school program, girls, ages 15 and up, participate in a series of cultural, educational, and leadership activities throughout the year. Teen Leaders commit to a three-year, year-round program, which includes serving as peer leaders each summer. They receive training in leadership, conflict resolution, and behavior modeling during the school year, in preparation for serving as peer leaders to younger teens. In association, there are several resources that girls can get involved in by getting intouch with their guidance counselor at their school of choice.
It is proven that teenage girls who participate in positive programs has significantly improved in the way they view themselves and life on a whole, there is a correlation relationship that exist between teens watching too much of these programs and teens spending time in other activities.
Popularity can Create Depression in Young Girls<br />Mary Phillips<br />June 22nd, 2011<br />PSY492<br />Professor: Marie Dube<br />Argosy University, Tampa<br />
Abstract<br /> The purpose of this paper is to explore teenage depression in girls. With vast media exposures defining the standard for beauty, there is a great number of teens feeling dissatisfied with their self image, thus leading them to depression.<br />
Introduction<br /> Girls are struggling with dissatisfaction while viewing programs such as, Hannah Montana, America’s Next Top Model and such like, that defines beauty.<br />
Why teenage girls deal with depression<br /> Low self-esteem is a critical factor for depression in early adolescences Macphee, & Andrew (2006)<br />
Statistics<br /> According to Straus, M., (2007). 25-30% of teens have significant problems during adolescence.<br /> 40 million adolescence in the United States, half of them girls, are in social and psychological crisis.<br />
Statistics continues<br /> Commonly studied predicators of self-esteem for adolescence include race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, educational achievement Impett, (2008)<br /> Teens who suffer from depression can become a danger to themselves. <br />example: self mutilation<br />
Method<br /> The data in this study was collected from a random sample of 20 teenage female participants from a local middle school. The participants were told that the study would determine how teenage girls were affected by viewing these television programs. <br />
Material<br /> A survey was conducted to measure teenage girls’ self-esteem and social beauty perception. The independent variable is the amount of time spent watching television. The dependent variable is the girls’ self-esteem and social beauty perception.<br />
Design and Procedure<br /> This correlational study was conducted by tracking the 20 participants’ daily activities. A correlational study was used to show a relationship exist between teens watching certain programs such as, Hannah Montana, America’s Next Top Model, and such like.<br />
Reference<br />Impett, E., A., Sorsoli, L., & Schooler, D., Henson, J., M., Tolman, D., L., Girls relationship authenticy and self-esteem across adolescence Institue ofpersonality and social research, University of California, Berkeley, CA. US. Vol. 44 (3), May 2008. pp. 722-733.<br />Mac Phee, A., & Andrews, J., (2006). Risk Factors for Depression in EarlyAdolescence. Adolescence, 41(163), 435-466. Retrieved May, 18th, 2011, From Academic search complete database. <br />Straus, M., B., Norton, W., W., Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope. NewYork, (2007), pp. 398 DOI: 10.1037/109-75220.127.116.11<br />