ERIC Number: ED377272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
SchoolGirls. Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap.
A survey conducted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) polled 3,000 boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 15 years regarding their attitudes toward self, school, family, and friends. Results confirmed that the passage into adolescence is marked by a girl's loss of confidence in herself and her abilities. The AAUW discovered that the most dramatic gender gap in self-esteem is in the area of competence. The author spent a year with African-American, Latina, and Anglo-American eighth-grade girls in two California schools. Her behind-the-scenes look at their real lives confirms the AAUW findings. Her experiences show that the media and the educational system are shortchanging female adolescents. (Contains 194 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Anglo Americans, Beliefs, Body Image, Competence, Cultural Differences, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Females, Grade 8, Personal Autonomy, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Univ. Women, Washington, DC.