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From Publishers Weekly Public school girls 'at risk'?for early motherhood, dropping out of school, abusive relationships?are the subject of this collaborative study by three Boston-based psychologists. Earlier 'voice-centered' (listening to) research on girls in a single-sex private school produced solid evidence for believing that at adolescence, girls lose a sense of self and undergo a developmental crisis that inhibits their expressive faculties. This report focuses on 26 girls in grades eight and nine who are culturally and racially different from one another, from poor and working-class urban backgrounds, who reveal their strategies for navigating the psychological distance between home and school. The researchers speak of their own learning to listen to girls who, at the start of high school, were beginning to silence themselves as the result of personal losses, betrayals and isolation. As with the earlier, landmark study, this important, accessible research establishes the need for bringing women and girls together. Taylor teaches at Simmons College; Gilligan is a professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, where Sullivan is a doctoral candidate. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From Library Journal The authors, members of the Harvard Project on Women's Psychology and Girls' Development, participated in the Project's Understanding Adolescence Study, which was carried out in two middle schools in Boston and involved 26 'at-risk' girls from working-class or poor families. During the last year of the study, six retreats dealing with women and race were held with 11 professional women of diverse backgrounds, and transcripts from the retreats were interwoven with those from the study to enhance understanding of the girls' interviews. Part of the ongoing study that produced Lyn Brown and Carol Gilligan's Meeting at the Crossroads (Harvard Univ., 1992), this book will be of interest and use to anyone working with adolescent girls. Highly recommended for high school and university libraries.?Sharon Firestone, Ross-Blakeley Law Lib., Arizona State Univ., TempeCopyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews