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Under Pressure

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Lisa Damour

Girls encounter specific challenges, both within the educational system and in the broader societal context, which can have detrimental effects on their stress and anxiety levels. However, with the necessary support provided by the adults in their lives, these negative effects of the pressures faced by girls can be effectively reduced. Don't blindly trust everything you come across on the internet. In today's digital age, where there is a constant stream of news and clickbait articles available around the clock, it's easy to become pessimistic. Frequently, the media tends to portray a bleak picture, especially concerning teenage girls, suggesting that everything is worsening. However, despite the sensationalism of such articles, research indicates that teenagers are, in fact, relatively safe. Recent studies demonstrate that today's teens use fewer drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, have less casual sexual activity, and follow safety measures such as seatbelt and bike helmet usage. So, the next time you come across an alarming article about the plight of teenagers, keep in mind that your teen is probably acting more responsibly than you did.

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Under Pressure delves into the specific challenges confronted by school-aged girls during their educational journey, encompassing their experiences at home and within the broader societal context. Lisa Damour, leveraging her extensive background as a clinical psychologist, provides guidance on how parents, educators, and mentors can assist girls in coping with stress and anxiety that often overwhelm them.

Book summary

Girls encounter specific challenges, both within the educational system and in the broader societal context, which can have detrimental effects on their stress and anxiety levels. However, with the necessary support provided by the adults in their lives, these negative effects of the pressures faced by girls can be effectively reduced. Don't blindly trust everything you come across on the internet. In today's digital age, where there is a constant stream of news and clickbait articles available around the clock, it's easy to become pessimistic. Frequently, the media tends to portray a bleak picture, especially concerning teenage girls, suggesting that everything is worsening. However, despite the sensationalism of such articles, research indicates that teenagers are, in fact, relatively safe. Recent studies demonstrate that today's teens use fewer drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, have less casual sexual activity, and follow safety measures such as seatbelt and bike helmet usage. So, the next time you come across an alarming article about the plight of teenagers, keep in mind that your teen is probably acting more responsibly than you did.

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It depends on the circumstances whether stress and anxiety are unhealthy.

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Help girls face their problems instead of avoiding them to reduce their anxiety.

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Despite outperforming their male peers academically, girls tend to experience more anxiety about their academic performance.

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Girls often encounter sexual harassment and blame themselves for it.

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The culture expects girls to be agreeable, which makes them anxious.

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