Adolescents through various stages of development experience different life stressors. Issues of
self esteem, poor or distorted body image, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive issues,
identity confusion, poor coping skills and lack of support, addictions, friendship/relationship
issues, abuse, traumatic events and suicide are some topics that affect adolescents today. The Center
is committed to help adolescents and families work through and overcome challenges.
It has been reported in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology that seventy
percent (70%) of girls have been mistreated by their friends (Crick, 2002). Bullying is very real
and is affecting the majority of girls earlier in age than ever before. Aggression among peer groups
can be devastating and life changing for some girls. If proper steps to intervention are not taken,
future challenges and stressors in life can occur. Early intervention, skill building, and self-esteem
work are proven to help in girls who have been rejected and maltreated by peers.
Body Image Issues
Media and Societal Pressures