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Reviving Ophelia

Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
Pipher, Mary Bray (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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#1 New York Times Bestseller The groundbreaking work that poses one of the most provocative questions of a generation: what is happening to the selves of adolescent girls? As a therapist, Mary Pipher was becoming frustrated with the growing problems among adolescent girls. Why were so many of them turning to therapy in the first place? Why had these lovely and promising human beings fallen prey to depression, eating disorders, suicide attempts, and crushingly low self-esteem? The answer hit a nerve with Pipher, with parents, and with the girls themselves. Crashing and burning in a #147;developmental Bermuda Triangle," they were coming of age in a media-saturated culture preoccupied with unrealistic ideals of beauty and images of dehumanized sex, a culture rife with addictions and sexually transmitted diseases. They were losing their resiliency and optimism in a #147;girl-poisoning" culture that propagated values at odds with those necessary to survive.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Told in the brave, fearless, and honest voices of the girls themselves who are emerging from the chaos of adolescence, Reviving Ophelia is a call to arms, offering important tactics, empathy, and strength, and urging a change where young hearts can flourish again, and rediscover and reengage their sense of self.
Authors: Pipher, Mary Bray
Title: Reviving Ophelia
saving the selves of adolescent girls
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2005, c1994
Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 303 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Mary Pipher
ISBN: 9781594481888
1594481881
Branch Call Number: 305.235 P665r 2005
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]) and index
Subject Headings: Self-esteem in adolescence Case studies Teenage girls Family relationships Case studies Teenage girls Psychology Case studies
Topical Term: Self-esteem in adolescence
Teenage girls
Teenage girls
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The groundbreaking work that poses one of the most provocative questions of a generation: what is happening to the selves of adolescent girls?


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Great book, gives valuable insight of how empathy and kindness helps struggling teen girls overcome all kinds of issues ranging from self-harm to depression to body image issues.

Jun 24, 2011
  • penpencil22 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

a little dated, but still an interesting read with great advice.

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