Girls at Risk

Swedish Longitudinal Research on Adjustment

  • Anna-Karin Andershed

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Anna-Karin Andershed
    Pages 1-8
  3. Elisabeth Welch, Ata Ghaderi
    Pages 35-56
  4. Britt-Marie Treutiger, Lene Lindberg
    Pages 57-78
  5. Bonamy R. Oliver, Sheilagh Hodgins
    Pages 79-104
  6. Anna-Karin Andershed, Debra J. Pepler
    Pages 105-117
  7. Frida Andersson, Sten Levander, Marie Torstensson Levander
    Pages 119-137
  8. Pia Enebrink
    Pages 139-165
  9. Margareta Hydén, Carolina Øverlien
    Pages 167-183
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 185-188

About this book


Until recently, boys and men provided the template by which problem behaviors in girls and women were measured. With the shift to studying female development and adjustment through female perspectives comes a need for knowledge of trajectories of at-risk girls’ behavior as they mature. Girls at Risk: Swedish Longitudinal Research on Adjustment fills this gap accessibly and compassionately. Its lifespan approach relates the pathologies of adolescence to later outcomes as girls grow up to have relationships, raise families, and take on adult roles in society.

Coverage is balanced between internalizing behaviors, traditionally considered to be more common among females, and externalizing ones, more common among males. The book's detailed review of findings includes several major longitudinal studies of normative and clinical populations, and the possibility of early maturation as a risk factor for pathology is discussed in depth. Contributors not only emphasize "what works" in intervention and prevention but also identify emerging issues in assessment and treatment. An especially powerful concluding chapter raises serious questions about how individuals in the healing professions perceive their mission, and their clients. Although the studies are from one country—Sweden—the situations, and their potential for successful intervention, transcend national boundaries, including:

• Adolescent and adult implications of pubertal timing.
• Eating disorders and self-esteem.
• Prevention of depressive symptoms.
• Understanding violence in girls with substance problems.
• Lifespan continuity in female aggression and violence.
• A life-course perspective in girls' criminality.

With insights beyond the beaten path, Girls at Risk provides a wealth of information for researchers, clinicians and related professionals, and graduate students in child and school psychology; psychiatry; education; social work; psychotherapy and counseling; and public health.



Behavior problems Female Development Girl Aggression Girls’ Development Sexual Abuse Sexuality Substance Abuse Violence

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna-Karin Andershed
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. PsychologyUniversity of OrebroOrebroSweden

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