Girls on the Edge (Paperback)

The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls--Sexual Identity, the Cyberbubble, Obsessions, Environmental Toxins

By Leonard Sax

Basic Books, 9780465022069, 272pp.

Publication Date: July 12, 2011

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A parenting expert reveals the four biggest threats to girls' psychological growth and explains how parents can help their daughters develop a healthy sense of self.

In Girls on the Edge, psychologist and physician Leonard Sax argues that many girls today have a brittle sense of self-they may look confident and strong on the outside, but they're fragile within. Sax offers the tools we need to help them become independent and confident women, and provides parents with practical tips on everything from helping their daughter limit her time on social media, to choosing a sport, to nurturing her spirit through female-centered activities.

Compelling and inspiring, Girls on the Edge points the way to a new future for today's girls and young women.

About the Author

Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., is a graduate of MIT and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned both his Ph.D. (in psychology) and his M.D. He is founder and executive director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education (NASSPE). His scholarly work has been published in a variety of prestigious journals, including American Psychologist, Educational Horizons, Behavioral Neuroscience, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has been a featured guest on CNN, PBS, The Today Show, Fox News, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and many other national and international programs. He lives with his wife and daughter in suburban Philadelphia.

Praise For Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls--Sexual Identity, the Cyberbubble, Obsessions, Environmental Toxins

"The best book about the current state of girls and young women in America."—The Atlantic

"Fortunately, [Leonard] Sax is up to more here than pronouncing young women irrevocably doomed....Girls on the Edge doesn't dramatize the self-destructive behavior it describes....[and it] speaks exclusively to parents and offers concrete ways to help their daughters cultivate stronger personal identities."—Slate

"Packed with advice and concrete suggestions for parents, Girls on the Edge is a treasure trove of rarely seen research on girls, offering families guidance on some of the most pressing issues facing girls today. Dr. Sax's commitment to girls' success comes through on every page."—Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl

"Dr. Sax once again combines years of experience with compelling research and common sense to intelligently challenge the status quo of what it means to raise a healthy daughter. Girls on the Edge offers skills parents can incorporate to feel more competent with our girls and young women."—Florence Hilliard, Director of the Gender Studies Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Crucial...Parents of tween and teen girls would do well to check this book."—Chronicle of Higher Education

"Turn off your cell phones and computers, and read this book! You will connect with your daughter in new ways, and she will thank you."—Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author of God's Paintbrush and In God's Name

"In clear, accessible language, Sax deftly blends anecdotes, clinical research, and even lines of poetry in persuasive, often fascinating chapters that speak straight to parents....Warning that 'a 1980s solution' won't help solve twenty-first-century problems, Sax offers a holistic, sobering call to help the current generation of young women develop the support and sense of self that will allow them to grow into resilient adults."—Booklist

"The world is way different from what it was a couple of years ago; this is essential reading for parents and teachers, and one of the most thought-provoking books on teen development available."—Library Journal

"Girls on the Edge is a 'must-read' for every parent of a girl as well as every adult who teaches girls."—Dr. Mary Seppala, Head of School, The Agnes Irwin School, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

"I made Girls on the Edge required reading for all administrators at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, and I strongly recommend the book to all of our parents. Leonard Sax explains to parents and educators of girls just what is going on in the cyberbubble of instant messaging, texting, and social networking sites. There is a way to help girls navigate this world and find their centers-centers of genuine humanness and authenticity and, yes, spirituality. Readers will find out much they don't know, and that is more than they might guess. A must read."—Gerald J. Grossman, Head of School, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, Lake Forest, Illinois