Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls Paperback – 22 May 2003
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Praise for ODD GIRL OUT "There has not been so much interest in young females since psychologist Mary Pipher chronicled anorexics and suicide victims in her 1994 bestseller, Reviving Ophelia."--The Washington Post "Provocative . . . Cathartic to any teen or parent trying to find company . . . it will sound depressingly familiar to any girl with a pulse."--Detroit Free Press "Encourages girls to address one another when they feel angry or jealous, rather than engage in the rumor mill."--Chicago Tribune "Peels away the smiley surfaces of adolescent female society to expose one of girlhood's dark secrets: the vicious psychological warfare waged every day in the halls of our . . . schools."--San Francisco Chronicle
First published in hardback in autumn 2002, this groundbreaking work has been accelerated into a popular paperback edition by force of demand. Dirty looks and taunting notes are just two examples of girl bullying that girls and women have long suffered through silently and painfully. In Odd Girl Out Rachel Simmons shows girls, parents, counsellors, and teachers how to deal with this devastating problem.See all Product description
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The final chapter has some suggestions on how to help parent your child through these situations. There are also quotes from children about what they find helpful from their parents.
The thing I liked most was it's relevance to the emerging culture of girls who are playing out their lives on line and how parenting them needs special ideas of supporting good choices, even on their texts.
The practical part about 3/4 of the way through on decent bullying policies and good wording was a real help to me, together with having at least a place to start with what rules to consider putting in, how to go about it and what to try. Also the quotes from the book are well researched and usable.
It is American and waffly and I'd chop 1/3 at least- but the handy bits outweigh this for me.