Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Research into Action: Encouraging Positive Strategies

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Research into Action: Encouraging Positive Strategies

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Introduction

While long ignored, emerging research is now examining leisure's role in the development of adolescent girls. As an aid to recreation providers, this research focuses on ways to meet girls' needs for loving adults, decent values, useful information, friends, physical safety,freedom and independence, respect for uniqueness, and encouragement to grow.

Impact of this Research

In order to maximize positive development and minimize risk for young adolescent girls, research calls for recreation program services that serve a primary prevention role. Primary prevention programmatic strategies especially for girls must focus on the issues of social contraindications, body changes, and sexuality. While these have always been developmental issues for young girls, there are also some contemporary differences. For example, although some women today have high-powered jobs, most women work hard in second shifts for low wages. Also, the rules about attractiveness have changed. While the ideal beauty of 1951 was 5-foot-7 and weighed 151 pounds, today she is taller and averages 106 pounds. …

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