I used to be gifted: case studies of lost potential among adolescent females

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Title: I used to be gifted: case studies of lost potential among adolescent females
Author: McDonnell, Virginia Maurer
Abstract: This case study focuses on the influence of certain sociocultural factors on the ability of adolescent girls to fulfill their potentials . Specifically , the purpose of this research is to advance an alternative perspective on the relationship between the sociocultural influences of friendship , mother /daughter relationship , school experience , and body image and a loss of potential among adolescent girls from a historical , poststructural , postmodern -feminist perspective . The dissertation is presented in the form of narrative from both the author ? ?s and girls ? ? and women ? ?s perspectives in order to seek a rich and thick description . Throughout the study , the author integrates moments from her own journey during adolescence with the young girls and their mothers or grandmothers encountering the oftentimes overwhelming negative sociocultural challenges existing today . The data consist of interviews with four girls and four women ; interviews with two school personnel ; and observations covering 7 weeks of guided discussion groups . Personal stories are closely examined with current and in -depth research to produce valuable insight and recommendations linking sociocultural factors and potentiality among adolescent girls . In general , these data contribute to an existing body of knowledge as well as advance educational theory regarding adolescent girls and potentiality . Moreover , these findings bolster the argument that , although realistic approaches to create necessary change require a certain resignation to the forces that exist within our culture , educational psychologists will increase the discipline ? ?s impact on students by conducting comprehensive research that creates and supports genuine efforts to teach girls effective strategies on ways to not relinquish control to relentless , disingenuous sociocultural pressures . The case study indicates that , although many positive gains have been made to support young girls , there remain many obstacles as well .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3882
Date: 2006-08-16


I used to be gifted: case studies of lost potential among adolescent females. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3882 .

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