APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls


The American Psychological Association Task Force issued earlier this year
a Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. In their Executive
Summary they begin:

“Journalists, child advocacy organizations, parents, and psychologists have argued that the sexualization of girls is a broad and increasing problem and is harmful to girls. The APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls was formed in response to these expressions of public concern.”


“This report examines and summarizes psychological theory, research, and clinical experience addressing the sexualization of girls. The report (a) defines sexualization; (b) examines the prevalence and provides examples of sexualization in society and in cultural institutions, as well as interpersonally and intrapsychically; (c) evaluates the evidence suggesting that sexualization has negative consequences for girls and for the rest of society; and (d) describes positive alternatives that may help counteract the influence of sexualization.”

It’s nice to know that we aren’t just shouting in an echo chamber – it only feels that way at times. I’m still working my way through it, but if you’d like to see the full summary, go to APA Online. Or download the full doc here.


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