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P474: Psychology of Adolescent Girls

Professor: Linda Hoke-Sinex

Psychology of Adolescent Girls (P474) is service-learning course focusing on the scientific study of developmental and psychological changes that occur in girls as they progress through adolescence. In class, readings and discussions are devoted to an academic examination of the specific challenges girls face related to body image, disordered eating, self-esteem, math and science achievement, relational aggression, and relationship authenticity. These challenges may affect healthy developmental patterns.

On site, students provide service as mentors and role models in a local community school with a focus on mentoring activities in support of the class topic for the week. For example, if body image is the topic, students connect class discussions and readings to their activities and interactions with the middle school girls (e.g., body image issues may be addressed through the deconstruction of media influences such as teen magazines). Educational interventions, such as P474, offer support and encourage resistance to the negative gender-typed messages communicated to girls through peer, family, and cultural influences.

Educational interventions, such as P474, offer support and encourage resistance to the negative gender-typed messages communicated to girls through peer, family, and cultural influences.

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