ERIC Number: ED409124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Meeting at the Crossroads: Women's Psychology and Girls' Development.
Brown, Lyn Mikel; Gilligan, Carol
A study explored girls' development and its implication for the psychology of women. From 1986-1990, nearly 100 girls between the ages of 7 and 18 at the Laurel School for Girls in Cleveland, Ohio, were interviewed. Most of the girls were from middle- or upper-middle-class families (80%), although some were scholarship students from working-class families (20%). About 14% of the girls were of color. In addition to traditional psychological research methods, a new method was implemented to help interpret the interviews. This book describes the study and discusses its implications in six chapters: (1) "A Journey of Discovery" provides an overview of the study and the discoveries that led to the development of a new research method; (2) "The Harmonics of Relationship" discusses the new method--a voice-sensitive method of working that allowed the researcher to follow girls' thoughts and feelings and to hear their struggle at adolescence; (3) "Whistle-Blowers in the Relational World: Three Guides through Childhood" presents a developmental narrative of 7- and 8-year-old girls speaking about themselves and their relationships and then focuses on individual girls; (4) "Approaching the Wall: Three Guides into Adolescence" discusses 10- and 11-year-old girls' attitudes and perceptions of relationships and then focuses on individual girls; (5) "Rivers into the Sea: Three Guides through Adolescence" discusses 12- and 13-year-old girls' changing perceptions and again focuses on individual girls; and (6) "Dancing at the Crossroads" discusses the study's implications for women's psychology and development, especially the relationship between women and girls. The book concludes with a notes section, and an index. Contains 143 references. (LPP)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Developmental Psychology, Early Adolescents, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Adjustment, Females, Individual Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Preadolescents, Research Methodology, Single Sex Schools
Harvard University Press, 79 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-1423; phone: 800-448-2242; fax: 800-962-4983 ($19.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A