Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Jason Brown


The purpose of this study was to explore relational experiences of adolescent girls

within their peer culture, and their experiences and perceptions of girl identity. Participants were ten adolescent girls residing in a mid-sized Southern Ontario city, and they ranged between 13 and 16 years of age. Through semi-structured interviews, eight themes emerged and were compared with the available literature. These themes included the following: The “Drama” of Girl Culture, False-Self Behaviors, The Dark Underside of Girl Culture, Authenticity, Experiencing Difference and Individuality, Resistance, Friendship, and Breaking Down Barriers



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