New Press on Girls and Image

Brad M. Griffin | Jul 20, 2009

Photo by Jake Melara

I try to keep track of news on youth in the media, and maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed recently a bit more press on girls and image-related issues than usual. Over the past couple of years we’ve written some articles on girls that sparked a lot of conversation. Below are some recent links to online articles on girls (and guys) having more cosmetic surgery, hiring image consultants, and of course struggling to be supergirls.

The Washington Post, “The Minor Makeover: Girls just want to have fun? Hardly. Image consulting for teens is serious business.

USA Today, “Cosmetic Surgeries: What children will do to look ‘normal’

New York Times, “Seeking Self-Esteem Through Surgery

Contra Costa Times, “Supergirl Epidemic: Teenage girls sinking under pressure to be perfect

By the way, Kara Powell and I had the opportunity to co-write a chapter based on our girls’ research for Mark Oestreicher & Scott Rubin’s upcoming book Middle School Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Early Adolescents. The book is scheduled for an August release, and is packed with helpful insights for anyone working with middle school girls and guys.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California.


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