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In Boys Adrift (2007), Sax, a family physician and psychologist with more than 20 years of experience, explored the disturbing trend of young men who are disengaged from their lives. In this companion volume, he turns to the other half of the population and identifies four factors that are threatening the mental and physical health of young women today: a culture that sexualizes young girls; the “cyberbubble” of social networking and electronic communication; obsessive behaviors, including eating disorders; and environmental toxins that disrupt the endocrine system and lead to early-onset puberty. In clear, accessible language, Sax deftly blends anecdotes, clinical research, and even lines of poetry in persuasive, often fascinating chapters that speak straight to parents; in the book’s second half, he offers practical ideas for nurturing girls’ minds, bodies, and spirits, from advocating for girls’ athletics programs to making room for prayer in secular households. Warning that “a 1980s solution” won’t help solve twenty-first-century problems, Sax offers a holistic, sobering call to help the current generation of young women develop the support and sense of self that will allow them to grow into resilient adults. And, finally, he counsels parents to be persistent: “Don’t back away even when she tells you to get lost.” Pair this eye-opening title with similar resources listed in the adjacent Read-alikes column, “Girl Talk, Part 2.” --Gillian Engberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The best book about the current state of girls and young women in America . . . offers astonishing and troubling new insight . . ." The Atlantic magazineSee all Editorial Reviews
Was delivered within the time frame and book was as described!Published 2 months ago by Karyn Deniston
Reading this book to help my son, who is a single Dad, have the right information as his daughters are growing and getting close to being teenagers.Published 6 months ago by Mansoureh A. Tehrani
Both "Boys Adrift" and "Girls on the Edge" are very inciteful and well written. The authors main points are documented by currrent research and his own personal... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ellen
Very well written and extremely relevant to everyday life. This is a must read if we care about the next generation.Published 7 months ago by Therookie
As the grandmother of 5 granddaughters, I found this book to be enormously helpful to getting a handle on the challenges facing young girls, and their parents, today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JWP