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Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
Reviving Ophelia Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
Author: Mary Pipher
Why are more American adolescent girls prey to depression, eating disorders, addictions, and suicide attempts than ever before? According to Dr. Mary Pipher, a clinical psychologist who has treated girls for more than twenty years, we live in a look-obsessed, media-saturated, "girl-poisoning" culture. Despite the advances of feminism, escalating...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345392824
ISBN-10: 0345392825
Publication Date: 2/14/1995
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 215 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls on + 19 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
A MUST for parents of pre-teen & early teen girls !! This one helped me let her "live", when she was most stubborn to live with ! Highly reccomend if your young lady is a total enigma !
TheLankyYankee avatar reviewed Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls on + 81 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
A study on girls are becoming damaged, both mentally and physically, during adolescent. If you have a daughter, it is worth reading; if you have a son, teach him how to treat a girl.
reviewed Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
An excellent book for mothers of daughters. In an age where more American adolescent girls fall prey to depression, eating disorders, addiction and suicide attempts, this book is an eye-opening look at the everyday dangers of being young and female and how adults can help.
reviewed Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Wow! This book should be required reading for all parents of girls! Very highly recommend!
Stacy1 avatar reviewed Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls on + 90 more book reviews
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From back of the book....
Why are more American adolescent girls prey to depression, eating disorders, addictions, and suicide attempts than ever before? According to Dr. Mary Pipher we live in a look-obsessed, media-saturated, "girl-poisoning" culture.
Here, for the first time, are girls' unmuted voices from the front lines of adolescence, personal and painfully honest. By laying bare their harsh day-to-day reality, Reviving Ophelia issues a call to arms and offers parents compassion, strength, and strategies with which to revive these Ophelias' lost sense of self.

Review from Amazon.com (received 4 stars/299 reviews);
Reviving Ophelia is an excellent introduction to the victims that our children (all of our children, not just girls) have become to the consumer culture. Ms. Pipher shares case studies of young female therapy clients, whose problems range from suicide attempts, to eating disorders, abuse homes/boyfriends, pregnancy and STDs, even self-mutilation. She discusses how different parenting styles (both in terms of home situation ie.single parent, blended home, married parents and level of 'strictness') SEEM to help/hinder girls' development without making broad generalizations. Also included is a very important discussion of how the mass culture affects these girls (waif models, older men and younger women pairings in movies, etc.). Truly, it is a very eye-opening book for many people. There are many issues raised that all parents need to understand. I highly recommend that all parents of children read this book
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ivorytusk avatar reviewed Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls on
A must-read for anyone with a daughter.
reviewed Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls on + 48 more book reviews
great book if you are trying to help a young girl get safely into womanhood
reviewed Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls on + 9 more book reviews
Even though this book is written from a secular perspective, it has some interesting insights into adolescent girls. I should have read it long before I did.
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This book was an interesting read, but I read it as a teenager and it would have been much more helpful and enlightening for a parent of a teenage girl.
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I requested this book and never received it so why is it still listed???
reviewed Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls on
This book is a classic. I'd recommend it to every mom (and dad) with a teenage daughter at home. There are great stories about different girls at various stages and trials in their lives and how their issues were handled....or not. There was so much here that I had never thought about when rearing my daughter, lots of juicy tidbits and details that every mom will say, "oh yea! I know that girl." It helps not to feel so all on your own when reading from the experts that some behaviors are universal, expected, but fixable. I say, Open the Book,on this one.
mimibottoms avatar reviewed Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls on + 58 more book reviews
A psychologist's account of her sessions and experiences counseling adolescent girls. Dr. Pipher presents a theory about why adolescence is so particularly difficulty for some girls and how those who work with these girls can try to shield them from severe harm. She describes such problems as low self-esteem, drug / alcohol use, parental conflict, societal pressures to be demure and timid, and weight / eating issues. I saw myself in some of her descriptions, although I think I was one of the girls that had the important "protections" that helped me to come out unscathed. A good book for professionals and parents alike.
peajaylarson avatar reviewed Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls on + 22 more book reviews
If you have daughters; this is a must read book! Mary Pipher keeps us insight to the world of teenagers. This is a vibrant insightful account teen girls.


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