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Reducing anxiety in teen girls

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Afflicting around 12 per cent of Australian women and seven per cent of men, anxiety disorders generally take root during early to late adolescence. Research studies report rates of up to 15.4 per cent in children aged seven to 11, and rates of up to 17.7 per cent in those aged 12 to 18.   “Girls are in a crisis of rage and despair,” says respected therapist and author Martha B. Straus – and it would appear that, by virtue solely of their gender, girls experience heightened anxiety due to the pressure they place upon themselves.    According to the Dolly Youth Monitor of 2011 (which interviewed boys and girls in the 14-17 age group), teenage girls put themselves under much greater all-round pressure than boys do.    Sixty four per cent of girls want better grades (versus 59 per cent for boys); 57 per cent want to be more confi...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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