Date of Award
Dr. Christina Wagner
Dr. Christina Holmes
Dr. Caitlin Howlett
Anxiety disorders affect twice as many women as men and often begin in adolescence or young adulthood, which is a unique period of accelerated development and identity formation. Evidence points to social determinants of health (SDH) such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), socioeconomic status (SES), education, social media, and resilience that lead to this discrepancy. Girlhood is a distinct adolescence because girls face the effects of more ACEs, self-objectification, internalization of academic stress, and predisposition to low SES. This thesis summarizes research on the social determinants of anxiety for adolescent girls, utilizing a socio-ecological model and feminist research methods to describe the reasons why girls lack resilience to stress.
Sullivan, Maggie '23, "Resilience in Girlhood: An Analysis of the Social Determinants of Anxiety Disorders for Adolescent Girls" (2023). Honor Scholar Theses. 221, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.