October 21, 2020



Recent research tells us that about half of our eleven to twenty-one year old girls regularly alter their photos to enhance their appearance online in order to find acceptance. Researchers also tell us that our girls are much more likely to experience anxiety and depression than their male peers. What are cultural forces that are shaping and even mis-shaping girls in today’s world? Why are more and more of our girls struggling to figure out who they are and how to live in the world? And what can parents and youth workers do to guide girls through the earthquake of adolescence and into an adulthood where they flourish? Stay tuned as we chat with physician, counselor, and author Dr. Leonard Sax about his new book, Girls on the Edge, on this episode of Youth Culture Matters.

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Resources, links, or other helpful tools mentioned in the podcast:

Leonard Sax MD PhD (website)
Amy Flavin
Why WAP Matters – Dr. Sax article on The Public Discourse
Sexual Integrity Initiative
Project Six19
Parent reports of adolescents and young adults perceived to show signs of a rapid onset of gender dysphoria – Lisa Littman research
Politicizing Pediatrics: How the AAP’s Transgender Guidelines Undermine Trust in Medical Authority – Dr. Sax article on The Public Discourse
Transition as Treatment: The Best Studies Show the Worst Outcomes
Teens Did Surprisingly Well in Quarantine
Teens in Quarantine: Mental Health, Screen Time, and Family Connection 2020 – Research by Jean Twenge (and others)

Books mentioned or helpful to the conversation:
Girls on the Edge: Why So Many Girls Are Anxious, Wired, And Obsessed – And What Parents Can Do by Leonard Sax
The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups
by Leonard Sax
Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
by Leonard Sax
Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences
by Leonard Sax
Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters
by Abigail Shrier

CPYU Reading Discussion Group on Facebook

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