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Master of Science
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Elizabeth Truesdell PhD
Madalienne F. Peters, EdD
Low self-esteem in young girls is on the rise. A review of the literature reveals that low self-esteem has been linked to addictions including drinking, drug abuse, bullying, disordered eating, cutting, depression, promiscuity, and suicide. What are the issues facing preteen girls today that have led to such rampant and widespread negative thought patterns and destructive behavior in their teen years? This study employs a qualitative approach. Information was gathered from a purposive sample from two professionals. Data were gathered from their responses to a questionnaire that addressed contemporary issues that young girls face regarding self-esteem. Results indicated that young girls face many issues with self-esteem that include familial, social, and academic factors. As a result young girls are abusing themselves, beginning in the preteen years. If self-esteem is not improved for these girls they will carry these destructive behaviors into adulthood, leading to a cycle of destructive behavior.
Jacob McCormick, Carrie Webb, "Self Esteem in Pre-Teen Girls" (2014). Master's Theses and Capstone Projects. 27.