LSU’s Laura Choate Publishes Book on Cultural Stresses Affecting Adolescent Girls

08/09/2013 02:17 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU School of Education’s associate professor Laura Choate recently published her third book, titled “Adolescent Girls in Distress: A Guide for Mental Health Treatment and Prevention.” Now available through Springer Publishing Company, the book can be purchased in print or eBook format.

Choate’s book focuses on the ways in which current cultural stressors are affecting girls at increasingly younger ages, resulting in potential mental health problems in adolescence such as depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, self-injury, sexual victimization, dating violence and even suicide.

Grounded in ecological systems theory, the book focuses on the socialization processes that begin in early childhood – including the pressure on young girls to look and act older than they are, the effects of consumerism, the pervasive use of social media and the pressure to excel in all areas – and examines how these stressors can impede the development of an authentic self during this critical period of physical and emotional growth. The book also offers mental health professionals evidence-based treatment approaches and strengths-based prevention strategies that promote the successful navigation of childhood and adolescence.

Choate is the coordinator of the community counseling track within the counselor education program of the LSU School of Education, where she designed and teaches a course in girls’ and women’s wellness. She has been at the university since 1999. Her research interests include counseling issues and interventions for working with girls and women, eating disorders prevention and treatment, college student wellness and counselor preparation.

This is Choate’s third book publication, following the release of “Eating Disorders: A Counselor’s Guide to Treatment and Prevention” (2013) and Girls’ and Women’s Wellness: Contemporary Counseling Issues and Interventions” (2008), both published by the American Counseling Association.

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Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, August 9, 2013