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SOURCE Ruling Our eXperiences
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a charge adolescent girls often level against adults: "You just don't get it!"
Girls Without Limits: Helping Girls Achieve Healthy Relationships, Academic Success, and Interpersonal Strength, a new book by author Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, helps parents and other influential adults in their lives "get it" by developing a real understanding of what girls think and feel about their daily challenges.
Hinkelman, a noted counselor, educator and expert on empowering girls, said she wrote Girls Without Limits "to give girls a voice because they often feel no one is paying attention to their thoughts and opinions."
Along with what girls say about their own lives, the book provides useful action strategies to help parents, educators, counselors and other adults in their lives listen to, communicate with and motivate them.
Girls Without Limits "is appropriate for anyone who has girls in their life," said Hinkelman, a faculty member at The Ohio State University and founder of ROX-Ruling Our eXperiences, a non-profit organization that offers girls empowering lessons on topics such as healthy relationships, dating violence, boundary setting, body image, self-esteem and academic and career development.
Hinkelman spent nearly eight years surveying and interviewing thousands of girls from various ethnic, family, socioeconomic, geographic and school settings to learn what they consider important issues they face in their lives.
Research of adolescent girls reveals:
Hinkelman said too many messages directed at girls today focus on outward appearance rather than on their skills and talents.
"These messages can serve to restrict girls' perceptions of their abilities in school subjects, their career choices and their friendships and dating relationships," she said.
Girls Without Limits: Helping Girls Achieve Healthy Relationships, Academic Success, and Interpersonal Strength, published by Corwin Press, can be purchased on ROX's website, www.rulingourexperiences.com, to benefit the organization or at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.
About the author:
Lisa Hinkelman, Ph.D, is the founder and director of ROX, Ruling Our eXperiences, a non-profit organization delivering evidence-based empowerment programs to girls since 2006.
Dr. Hinkelman earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and education at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA and her master's and doctorate in counselor education at The Ohio State University (OSU). She is trained in mental health and school counseling and has served on the counselor education faculty at OSU since 2004.
About ROX (Ruling Our eXperiences):
The ROX program was founded by Lisa Hinkelman in 2006 to help empower girls to live healthy, independent and violence-free lives. Thousands of girls from public, private, parochial and charter schools-in urban, suburban and rural environments-have participated.
ROX features both elementary and secondary programs with 20 lessons on team-building, healthy relationships, cyber-bullying, friendships, girl bullying, sexual harassment, dating violence, boundary setting, self-defense, body image, self-esteem, leadership and academic and career development. Learn more at www.rulingourexperiences.com.
What's on the Minds of Young Girls Today?
Research provides insight about pressures, fears, challenges
Research of adolescent girls nationally reveals:
Research of Ohio girls uncovers related findings:
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