Date of Award
Master of Education
Dr. Jason Brown
Dr. Alan Leshied
Dr. Susan Rodger
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.
Sintzel, Jennifer, "GIRLHOOD: RELATIONAL EXPERIENCES OF ADOLESCENT GIRLS AND GIRL IDENTITY" (2009). Digitized Theses. 4226.