Teen Issues & Health Web Links

  • PBS Teen Show, In The Mix: Reality TV Show website for teens.
  • Teen Voices Magazine: created and written by teen girls for teen girls.
  • Teenwire is a site for teens from Planned Parenthood.
  • Stay Teen is a website for teenagers about healthy relationships and teen pregnancy.
  • Teen Health is a site that has information on a variety of topics including health, safety, and drugs and alcohol. This website is also available in Spanish.


Sexual abuse


Internet safety and stalking

  • Girl Scouts: Interactive website to help you safely navigate online.
  • The Stalking Resource Center provides help to victims of stalking and those who are working to help them. It includes information on safety planning and cyber stalking.


Teen dating violence web links


Teen dating violence/sexual violence books

Past Forgiving Gloria D. Miklowitz. Simon & Schuster, 1995. A fictional novel about teen dating violence.

Dreamland Sarah Dessen. Viking Press, 2000. A fictional novel about teen dating violence.

Breathing Underwater Alex Flinn. Harper Collins, 2001. A fictional novel about teen dating violence written from the point of view of the teen abuser.

Brave New Girl Louise Luna. Pocket Books, 2001. A fictional novel about teen relationship violence.

Speak Laurie Halse Anderson. publisher, 1999. Puffin Books

In Love & In Danger: A Teen’s Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships Barrie Levy. Seal Press, 1993. A self-help guide that details the experiences of teens in abusive dating relationships and strategies for breaking the cycle in order to develop healthy relationships.

Dangerous Dating: Helping Young Women Say No to Abusive Relationships Patricia Riddle Gaddis. Patricia Riddle Gaddis, 2000. Shaw/Waterbrook Press – A dating violence prevention guide that includes stories from teens about abusive relationships and strategies for safely ending a harmful relationship.

But I Love Him: Protecting Your Teen Daughter from Controlling, Abusive Dating Relationships Dr. Jill Murray. ReganBooks, 2000. Targeted for parents, this is an examination of early warning signs and indicators of potentially abusive dating relationships. This book discusses social trends that can draw young women into controlling relationships, barriers teens face in ending abusive relationships, the psychology behind a teen abuser, and how teens can develop healthy, respectful relationships.

What Parents Need to Know About Dating Violence Barrie Levy and Patricia Occhiuzzo Giggans. Seal Press, 1995. Targeted for parents, this book gives them advice for recognizing an abusive relationship, discussing concerns with a teen and keeping open communication, understanding the impact of emotional abuse, developing safety plans, using available legal resources, encouraging healthy teen relationships, and connecting with support services.


Young women’s body image/self-esteem books

Deal With It: A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain, and Life as a gURL Esther Drill, Heather McDonald, Rebecca Odes. Pocket Books, 1999. An empowerment manual for young women that discusses healthy selves, setting boundaries, developing self-esteem.

Brave New Girls: Creative Ideas to Help Girls Be Confident, Healthy, & Happy Jeanette Gadeberg. Fairview Press, 1997. An empowerment guide and workbook for young women that stresses self-esteem, healthy relationships, and positive body image.

Real Girl Real World: Tools for Finding Your True Self Heather M. Gray and Samantha Phillips. Seal Press, 1998. An informational guide for young women about sexuality, healthy relationships, self-esteem, and feminism.

Sex, Boys & You: Be Your Own Best Girlfriend Joni Arredia. Perc Publishing, 1998. A workbook for young women about setting healthy limits and boundaries in dating and sexual relationships, developing positive body image, and increasing self-awareness.

A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over the World: Writings from the Girl Zine Revolution Karen Green and Tristan Taormino, editors. St. Martin’s Press, 1997. Excerpts from the zine writings of young women on topics including relationships, feminism, self-esteem, sexuality, and body image.

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls Mary Pipher. Ballantine Books, 1994. An investigation into why American adolescent girls experience depression, eating disorders, and suicide attempts at increasing rates, this book attempts to deconstruct the “girl-poisoning” culture we live in. With personal stories and analysis, Pipher details how young women continue to struggle to find their true selves.

Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self Sara Shandler. Harper Perennial, 1999. A collection of writings from young women including topics about self-esteem, sexual abuse, media images of women, and relationships.

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls Rachel Simmons. Harcourt, 2002. An investigation into the aggressive behaviors that young women express and how they factor into friendships and daily interactions. The author explores how the effects of aggression can perpetuate stereotypes amongst girls and devastate young women’s self-esteem.

Body Outlaws: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity Ophira Edut, editor. Seal Press, 1998. A collection of writings from young women that creates a dialogue about self-esteem, self-acceptance, healthy body image, discovering one’s inner voice, and developing personal power within a media-saturated culture that perpetuates a static beauty standard.

Strong, Smart, & Bold: Empowering Girls for Life Carla Fine. Girls Inc., 2001. Based on several nationwide surveys, Girls Inc. determined that young women find that generalized gender stereotypes limit their abilities to be themselves, accept their bodies, express themselves, take risks, and develop self-confidence. The interactive activities included in this guidebook explore how to raise and nurture confident, courageous, and self-sufficient young women.

Real Gorgeous: The Truth About Body & Beauty Kaz Cooke. W. W. Norton & Company, 1996. A humorous yet harsh exposé of the beauty and diet industries, this guide encourages young women to become critical consumers and focus on individual strengths.

The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls Joan Jacobs Brumberg. Vintage Books, 1997. A history of how American women have viewed their body image over the past 200 years, and how our culture has become dissatisfied with the physical body leading to weight obsession and dieting. This book investigates the connections between greater social and sexual freedom with increased consumerism and body focus.


Sexuality books

Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood Naomi Wolf. Ballantine Publishing Group, 1997. An exploration of women’s sexual coming-of-age and the conflicting messages directed at young women during and after the sexual revolution.

The Secret Lives of Girls: What Good Girls Really Do – Sex, Play, Aggression and Their Guilt Sharon Lamb. The Free Press, 2001. An inquiry into the erotic and aggressive fantasies and thoughts of girls and young women, with personal stories and analysis that challenges patriarchal taboos.

Fast Girls: Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut Emily White. Scribner, 2002. An analysis of the cliques and stereotypes of the American high school that lead to the misrepresentative labels and reputations that young women receive. An in-depth look at the girls who were labeled high school sluts and the culture that perpetuates the myth.


Self-harm books

A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain Marilee Strong. Penguin Books, 1998. An exploration of the reasons why millions of people worldwide choose to self-mutilate including historical and cultural roots. Includes personal stories and a treatment and information resources section.

Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation Steven Levenkron. W. W. Norton and Company, 1998. An informative resource about the components that predispose a personality to self-mutilation including genetics, family experience, trauma, and parental behavior. Includes treatment information.

Cut Patricia McCormick. Push/Scholastic Books, 2000. A fictional young adult novel about self-harm.


Eating disorder books

You Remind Me of You Eireann Corrigan. Push/Scholastic Books, 2002. A poetry memoir about the author’s experience with an eating disorder and unhealthy teen dating relationship.

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia Marya Hornbacher. HarperPerennial, 1998. A memoir about the author’s ongoing management of anorexia and bulimia that recreates her experiences in hospitalizations, therapy sessions, and personal interactions. The author also explores the personal, family, and cultural causes underlying eating disorders.

Am I Thin Enough Yet?: The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity Sharlene Hesse-Biber. Oxford University Press, 1996. A psychological and cultural exploration of the prevalence of eating disorders in America, with emphasis on the institutions that undermine young women’s and young men’s self-confidence.