Evaluation of an empowerment program for early adolescent girls

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    This article describes and evaluates the Go Grrrls Program, a preventive intervention specifically designed for early adolescent girls. The 12-session curriculum was designed to address developmental tasks considered critical for healthy psychosocial development, such as achieving competent gender role identification, establishing an acceptable body image, developing a positive self-image, forming satisfactory peer relationships, achieving independence, learning to utilize resources, and planning for the future. Middle school students received the intervention and were compared with a no-intervention peer group. Differences were assessed using measures of body image, gender role identification, common beliefs, depression, peer esteem, and help endorsements. Results revealed significant differences between groups on three of the outcome measures (peer esteem, help endorsements, and common beliefs). Implications for the development and implementation of preventive interventions are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)427-441
    Number of pages15
    Issue number155
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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