Today's girls face more cultural pressures than ever before, and are struggling with greater mental health issues at earlier ages. We talked with Dr. Laura Choate, author of Adolescent Girls in Distress: A Guide for Mental Health Treatment and Prevention, about her new book.
Watch the video interview below to hear Dr. Choate discuss the distinct pressures young girls face today:
Cultural stressors are affecting girls at increasingly younger ages, resulting in mental health issues such as depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, self-injury, and even suicide. This guide offers mental health professionals evidence-based treatment approaches and strengths-based prevention strategies that promote successful navigation of childhood and adolescence. Grounded in ecological systems theory, the book focuses on the socialization processes that begin in early childhood and contribute to the development of problems that are increasing in today's adolescent girls. The book describes how the confluence of societal, family, peer, school, and individual developmental influences can negatively affect adolescents.
About Laura Hensley Choate
Laura Choate, Ed.D, LPC, NCC, is Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Louisiana State University, where she designed and teaches a course in Girls' and Women's Wellness. She has authored over 30 refereed journal articles on girls' and women's wellness and a book, Girls' and Women's Wellness: Contemporary Counseling Issues and Interventions (2008). She was a guest editor of a special issue on eating disorder prevention and treatment for the Journal of Counseling and Development and has presented at over twenty national conferences. Dr. Choate is a former editor of the Journal of College Counseling and has twice been appointed as the chair of the American Counseling Association Publications Committee. She serves on the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners and is the current Board Vice-Chair and the Chair of the Discipline Committee. Dr. Choate also conducts workshops for local girls and college students to promote body image resilience and awareness of these cultural trends.