ERIC Number: ED439351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Finding Common Ground between Adolescent Girls and Their Mothers: Insight from a Mother-Daughter Group.
Carlson, J. Matthew
Aspects of adult culture are being pushed upon adolescent girls, forcing them to cope with an adult agenda before they are developmentally prepared. Mothers want to be a source of guidance and support but this can be a frustrating endeavor. This paper provides an overview of the developmental issues of adolescent girls and offers mothers one solution through the development of an adolescent mother-daughter intervention group. The group called "Femme Vitale" promotes strong girls and women through the creation and understanding of a common language in which mothers and daughters can discuss the changing socio-cultural world of adolescent girls. The paper argues that adolescent culture can be difficult for girls unless they have the skills, inner strength, and guidance to filter through the various conflicting and confusing messages. The issues discussed correspond to the cultural and social realities of adolescent girls today. Girls and mothers in "Femme Vitale" are on equal ground in their ability to participate but the topics begin from the girls' point of view. The paper provides a sample of the topics covered (friendships and popularity, body image, self-defense, career issues, cognitive errors, and sexuality) along with a short explanation of terms. (Contains 16 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Caring in an Age of Technology. Proceedings of the International Conference on Counseling in the 21st Century (6th, Beijing, China, May 29-30, 1997); see CG 029 879.