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Published by Laura Rajsic-Lanier
Contemporary Issues: Growing Up Female — Girls Are Great

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Contemporary Issues: Growing Up Female — Girls Are Great

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Published by: Laura Rajsic-Lanier on Oct 28, 2011
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Contents
IntroductionIssuesRelatedtoPhysicalWell-BeingIssuesRelatedtoPsychologicalFactorsIssuesRelatedtoSocialFactorsIssuesRelatedtoCulturalorInstitutionalFactors
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SpecificTipsforGirlScoutLeadersSuggestedTroop/GroupGrowingUpFemaleActivitiesDaisyGirlScoutActivitiesBrownieGirlScoutActivitiesJuniorGirlScoutActivitiesCadetteGirlScoutActivitiesSeniorGirlScoutActivities
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Program
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Resources
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Introduction
Growingupfemaleintoday'srapidlychangingworldmeansfacinganever-wideningarrayofop-portunitiesandchallenges.Growinguphasneverbeeneasy,buttodaywithallthepressures,de-cisionsandconflictingexpectationsthatconfrontgirls,itisanespeciallychallengingprocess.Girlsneedtodeveloptheconfidencetoexplorethebestopportunitiesandthedeterminationtobecomeanythingtheywanttobe.Inmanydifferentways,GirlScoutingcanhelpgirlstoseethemselvesasindividualsofworthandtoreachtheir
full
potential.Theinformationandactivitiesinthisbookletaredesignedtohelpgirlsseethemselvesinapositiveway,understandsomeoftheforcesthatinfluencethemastheydevelop,andcopewiththestressestheywillin-evitablyencounter.Companionbookletsdealingwithotheraspectsofgrowingupfemale,providingdeeperexami-nationofspecificissues,willbepublishedinthefuture.AsaGirlScoutleader,youwilloftenfindthatgirlslooktoyouforaddedguidanceindealingwithissuesrelatedtogrowingupfemaletoday.Thefollowingsectionsprovidediscussionsoffourbroadareasofinfluence:physical,psycho-logical,social,andcultural.Itisoftenhardtoseparatethesefactorsfortheyinteract.innumer-ousandcomplexways.Forinstance,agirl'sphysicalhealthaffectsherself-image,thewaysheseesherself.And,
in
thesameway,thestressofmultiplesocialroles(forexample,beingadaughter,sister,friend,student,andemployee)mayhaveanimpactonagirl'spsychologicalwell-being.
IssuesRelated
to
PhysicalWell-Being
Puberty
Puberty,theperiodofsexualmaturation,isatimeofphysicalgrowthandemotionalchanges.Althoughatimeofintensechangeandgrowth,itneednotbeatimeofcrisesandturmoil.Adoles-centsareacutelyawareofhowtheirbodiesarematuringanditisimportantforgirlstounder-standtheirowngrowthanddevelopment,andthatofboysaswell.Ingirls,pubertymaybeginasearlyassevenyearsofageoraslateas16years.Agrowthspurtisusualattheonsetofpubertyandvarieswidelyinintensityandduration.Thedisproportionategrowthratesofvariousskeletalstructuresmayaccountforsomeoftheawkwardnessandself-consciousnessassociated
with
theadolescentyears.
It
isimportanttohelpgirls'understandthatthereisaverywiderangeinratesofdevel-opmentandthateachpersongrowsatherownrate.Withtheonsetofpubertycomesthedevelopmentofthereproductivesystem.
It
beginswiththegradualenlargementofovariesandotherrelatedorgans,andthismaturationisgenerallyfirstn?-ticedwhengirlsbegintodevelopbreastsorbegintomenstruate.Girlsreacttothephysicalchangesofpubertyinavarietyofways,fromhighlyposi-tivetoextremelynegative.Duringtheteenyears,agirl'sself-esteemisrelatedtoherbodyimage,formedpartlybytheattitudesofparentsandfriends.Girlsusuallybeginmenstruatingbetweentheagesofnineand16.Atfirst,mostgirlshaveir-regularperiodswhichcanlastfromtwodaystoaweek.Manyfeeluncomfortableduringtheirpe-riodsandmayexperiencecramps
in
theabdomenorlowerback.Ifagirlsuffersfromseverecramps,sheshouldseeaphysician.
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