When girls need us most, we’re here for them. According to experts such as Anita Gurian, Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and past consultant for the NYU Child Study Center, girls’ self-esteem peaks around age nine – usually sometime during the third grade – then tends to plummet. That’s when new internal and external pressures begin to emerge that can make them second-guess their talents, abilities, and physical appearance.
“Starting in the preteen years, there is a shift in focus,” explains Dr. Gurian. “The body becomes an all-consuming passion and barometer of worth. Self-esteem becomes too closely tied to physical attributes; girls feel they can’t measure up to society standards.”
By forming positive relationships with girls through Dream Angels before these factors come into play, we’re able to keep the positive momentum going during one of life’s most pivotal times.