Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls (Research)

Posted on October 31, 2011, in Brain Science, Children, Psychological, Research, Self-Image, Societal, Teens, Women

Publication Information

Title: Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls
Publication: The American Psychological Association
Author: APA Task Force: Eileen L. Zurbriggen, Rebecca L. Collins, Sharon Lamb, Romi-Ann Roberts, Deborah L. Tolman, L. Monique Ward, Jeanne Blake
Date: 02/19/2007

Abstract: Journalists, child advocacy organizations, parents and psychologists have argued that the sexualization of girls is a broad and increasing problem and is harmful to girls.The APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls was formed in response to these expressions of public concern. This report examines and summarizes psychological theory, research and clinical experience addressing the sexualization of girls.The report (a) defines sexualization; (b) examines the prevalence and provides examples of sexualization in society and in cultural institutions, as well as interpersonally and intrapsychically; (c) evaluates the evidence suggesting that sexualization has negative consequences for girls and for the rest of society; and (d) describes positive alternatives that may help counteract the the influence of sexualization.

Read report at APA site here.

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