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See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do AboutIt Hardcover – February 16, 2006

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Garbarino, a respected authority on juvenile violence and aggression (Lost Boys), takes a fascinating look at girls getting physical—from the assertive physicality expressed by healthy girls to criminal violence on the part of troubled ones. He lauds girls' release from the obligation to be "ladylike" in an increasingly egalitarian society, a "new freedom... [that] can boost self-esteem and self-confidence." But at the other end of the spectrum are girls who are more vulnerable to today's increasingly "toxic social environment"—a deleterious entanglement of hypersexuality and materialism—and prone to asocial violence. Garbarino cites U.S. Justice Department statistics that the rate of girls arrested for assault is approaching that of boys. Examining biology, early childhood development and the effects of mass media, he builds on the work of other psychologists and social historians while adding texture to his accessible narrative with first-person accounts of girls' experiences—X-rated name-calling, punching, brawls with baseball bats. Society, he asserts, should allow girls to be "physical and popular in a nonsexual and nonmaterialistic way." What girls need, he concludes in this evenhanded but eye-opening book, is positive identity, a sense of rootedness and spirituality, and benevolent adult involvement in their lives. (On sale Feb. 20)
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Garbarino, author of Lost Boys (2002), now investigates girlhood aggression. Through voluminous research and brief first-person statements from teens, Garbarino uncovers a steadily increasing trend toward violence among America's girls. He asks, "Are the forces that put women into professional basketball the same forces that put U.S. Army private Lynndie England in the position of torturing Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison?" He finds answers in perspectives as varied as those of Thich Nhat Hanh, Mary Pipher, and Betty Friedan. In discussing the influence of pop culture on girls, Garbarino analyzes the impact of Hermione's socially acceptable punch in the third Harry Potter movie and the physical aggression in the cartoon Powerpuff Girls. He also investigates the traditional sources of acceptance for girls and their growing frustration with relying on others for personal validation, a shift that has girls excelling in sports as they rely on aggressive play to achieve victory. The message that "aggression works" is taught loud and clear in American society, and, as Garbarino proves, today's young girls are clearly listening. Colleen Mondor
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (February 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451216709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451216700
  • ASIN: 1594200750
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael A. Males on February 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Garbarino's book is indeed "shocking" and "scary"--not about girls, but about the continuing decline in scholarship regarding young people. The entire factual basis for this book is open to serious question.

Dr. Garbarino rests his case on the claim that girls' violence has increased steadily and sharply in recent years, especially the last decade. Yet, virtually all of his sources for this alarming claim consist of secondhand citations; Garbarino shows no evidence of having looked at original data.

A "footnote mill" has developed on youth issues, in which alarmist authors such as Garbarino cite other alarmist authors as their sources, who in turn cite him and each other, creating a round-robin of panicky myths with no basis in the factual references they pretend to be based on. At best, these misleading statistics cover only decade-old time periods (selected to make a few upward trends of the past appear to still be going on, while failing to note recent, sustained declines); in other cases, they're simply phony.

As a result, this book is a compendium of outdated, recycled myths about girls, some concocted by unreliable interests and all of them seriously outdated. Examples:

Garbarino: 25 years ago, the ratio of boys' to girls' aggravated assault arrest rates was 10-1, now it is 4-1, according to "official arrest data" (p. 4).

Someone apparently made this up. In 1975, FBI Uniform Crime Reports (Table 35) shows 5 boys arrested for aggravated assault for every girl, not 10.

Garbarino: From 1990-99, girls' rates of aggravated assault rose by 57%, while boys' rates fell 5%.

Very misleading. Why are 1999 figures being cited in a book published in 2006?
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As I read the reviews of others for See Jane Hit, I noticed that the reviewers came from either the academic side of the fence or the "in the field" side of the fence. I would like to offer a perspective from both sides in the hope that we can look at Garbarino's work from a more balanced perspective. Having taught graduate counseling courses since the 1970's and being a contemporary of Dr. Garbarino, I can tell you that his research skills and body of work in the field of adolescent psychology is highly respected by academia. Both Lost Boys and See Jane Hit are considered classics in the field. I had training with Dr. Garbarino in 2008, and can say that he has consistently updated the statistics that continue to show a marked increase in violence among girls.

Also, having worked in K-12 public education for over 30 years (and for the last ten in a program for at-risk adolescents), I can attest to the fact that violence among girls is increasing just as Dr. Garbarino warned. But, past the "warnings," go to the suggestions regarding "what we can do about it" and read carefully how he outlines the positives. It is actually a "hopeful" book from a professional who has made his life's work the positive development of adolescents!
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I think this book offers solid discussion about girls and growing violence. As someone who works with teens, as an author and ministry worker and speaker to teens, I'm not worried about the statistics near as much as what I see happening in the lives of some of our girls. There is more violence among girls. Our younger girls are losing their innocence, many are accepting less than any other generation in terms of relationships, and many are angry.

I love working with teens. This is an amazing generation. They are intelligent. They are able to do more than their mothers and grandmothers, but the reality is that a growing segment of young girls are reacting with violence, and this book offers some insight. Does it have all the answers? Absolutely not, but neither do I, but it asks some great questions and offers some interesting information that should trigger conversations among those who care about our girls.
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