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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass (August 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787985910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787985912
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,363,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"American girls are showing their mean streaks directly and violently," write the authors of this sobering, timely book, which looks at the disturbing increase in physical, not just indirect, violence among adolescents. Prothrow-Stith, a professor at Harvard University School of Public Health, and Spivak, chief of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Boston's New England Medical Center, write as both public health experts and parents; both have raised teenage daughters, and in addition to the numerous hard statistics and anecdotes collected from the field, they offer their own sympathetic support and ideas for creative parenting that may help prevent what could be a new wave of endemic violence. While focused on the specific needs of girls, the book also offers reminders that nonviolent resolution skills must be "taught, practiced, admired, and made popular" for both sexes. All adults who work with or are raising teen girls will benefit from the authors' expert analysis and open, thoughtful strategies for change. The appended resources include an extensive list of helpful organizations. Gillian Engberg
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"This provides answers."
—Bill Cosby

"This book provides solid insights and suggestions as to steps we must take to address girl violence before it gets out of hand. I applaud the authors’ work, commitment, and their heartfelt and practical advice."
—From the Foreword by Janet Reno

"This book is a much-needed wake-up call for everyone who still believes that violence is something girls just don’t do. Parents and teachers both will be grateful for its insights into how to identify negative influences and what adults can do to help."
—Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children’s Defense Fund

"A timely book! The authors warn of the distressing increase in violence among girls. Their recommendations can help parents and policymakers stem the tide of this frightening trend."
—Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D., professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Judge Baker Children’s Center, Boston, Massachusetts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Margaret White on August 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Many experts and famous people support this books: Marian Wright-Edelman, Bill Cosby, Alvin Poussaint etc. but as a parent I want to say this book has helped tremendously. The pain my daughter and I were experiencing together and respectively was enormous. This book was a really helpful step along the long road of healing. It is many tiny hurtful incidents that can leave a large wound. It is from this wounded place that people find their violent selves and lose control. This book helped me understand that and so I understand my situation and daughter better. I treat this situation with a level of understanding and calmness that I never had before. The absence of this often made me verbally violent towards my daughter, only making our situation worse. I thank the authors for calling out a problem that everyone wants to ignore. With or without the support of experts and famous people- as a real person-I can say book gave me tools and hope and combined with other measures has helped create a better life and better for me and my daughter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary on August 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book does an excellent job of identifying, articulating and fleshing out a problem that is so ingrained in our culture, that few people realize what a problem it is. Often it is only hindsight that offers the insight that this book gives regarding the toxic levels of violence in our society. Hopefully, this book and books like it will offer a new, more sophisticated and enlightened way for humans to solve problems. Because it is all fun and games until someone loses and eye.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Wilson on August 23, 2009
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This book is a required text in the Ed.D program at Liberty University. Very interesting read. Easy to understand. Good resources.
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11 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Males on March 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice: How We Can Stop Girls'

Violence (Hardcover)

by Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Howard R. Spivak

Publisher: Jossey-Bass (May 18, 2005) ISBN: 0787975710

This is another awful book on girls that should make the authors

and academics who endorsed it deeply ashamed. Packed with

sweeping stereotypes demeaning young people and mangled,

secondhand statistics, this book is another example of the fear and

hostility American adults today hurl at adolescents.

Rather than repeat my statistical criticisms of James Garbarino's

identical See Jane Hit (see my review for specifics) and the

avalanche of cloned books stigmatizing teens today as

hyperviolent, mean, and soulless, I will be blunt: These attacks on

young people amount to little more than grownup name-calling and

bullying of the sort their authors purport to deplore.

Let me buttress that charge with a simple question neither these

authors nor any others address: Why aren't they deploring the

"epidemic of violence" perpetrated by THEIR OWN, older age

groups?

Over the last 25 years, the FBI reports that violent crime rates

among MIDDLE-AGERS (ages 35 to 54--the parents of today's

teens) exploded: 217,000 arrests for violent felonies and

misdemeanors in 1980, 543,000 in 2004. In fact, 40-agers

constitute our fastest growing violence arrest group, with rates

rising two to three times faster than for teenaged girls.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brandon L. Harlow on July 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
After reading an article on girl violence in Newsweek, this book was sited as a great resource to further understand this emerging problem in schools.

Too bad it didn't live up to the hype. Far to many repeats of already stated information...the book was like reading in circles.

By far the most unforgiveable crime was the lack of examples provided. Several introductory pieces were used...all of about 4 or 5. Granted, my main reason for reading this book was to read the sensational horror stories, but the book completely bailed on providing us voyeuristic readers that guilty pleasure! I was also curious about the relationship of violence in regards to feminism and the new "Sheroes" of pop culture such as Buffy, The Bride from Kill Bill and other mentions (Alias, Catwoman, etc.) but they were lightly (and I'm talking a few, faint sentences) touched upon.
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