Low self-esteem among girls and young women has reached a crisis level, said Dr. Ann Kearney-Cooke, Ph.D., a psychologist and self-esteem expert who collaborated on Real Girls, Real Pressure a report on the state of girls’ self-esteem sponsored by Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty.
According to the report:
* 61 percent of teen girls with low self-esteem admit to talking badly about themselves
* 67 percent of girls ages 13 17 turn to their mother as a resource when feeling badly about themselves compared to 91 percent of girls ages 8 12.
* Only 27 percent of girls ages 13 17 will turn to their father for help when feeling badly about themselves compared to 54 percent of girls ages 8-12.
* At 16, girls become more likely to seek support from male peers than from their own dads.
* 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative and potentially harmful activities, such as disordered eating, cutting, bullying, smoking or drinking.
* 25 percent of teen girls with low self-esteem resort to injuring themselves on purpose or cutting when feeling badly about themselves.
* 25 percent of teen girls with low self-esteem practice disordered eating, such as starving themselves, refusing to eat, or over-eating and throwing up, when feeling badly about themselves.
Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem was conducted nationally online among 1,029 girls 8 17, and is representative of the U.S. based on census indicators (region, ethnicity
and parental education.) An additional 3,344 girls 8 17 were surveyed in a targeted study that was conducted in 20 major U.S. cities representative of each DMA based on ethnicity and parental education.
The research was conducted by StrategyOne, an applied research consulting firm, in collaboration with Ann Kearney-Cooke, PhD.
The question is: what is the cause and what is the cure for this low-self esteem in girls?