Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Alan Lipps

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Wayne Paris

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Sarah McLean


The effectiveness of a high school girls group was examined using a pretest-post-test group design with young adolescent girls identified as having low self-esteem. Individuals were identified by teachers and counselors as having low self-esteem or being at risk for having low self-esteem. This research project includes a literature review that explored self-understanding and its dimensions of self-concept and self-esteem, as well as how this research relates to development. The curriculum used came from the Girls In Real Life Situations (GIRLS) group program created by Julia V. Taylor and Shannon Trice-Black (2007). The research study was conducted at a high school in a rural west Texas town. A total of 12 adolescent females with a mean age of 17.0 years completed a pretest before the start of the 12-week program and a post-test at the end of the program. The GIRLS program provided support for participants to understand more about themselves in relation to the typical issues that individuals their age often experience. There was a significant difference in the predicted direction between post-test and pretest scores.

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