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Laura Choate, author of Swimming Upstream

Laura Choate photoLaura H. Choate, Ed.D., LPC, is a professor at Louisiana State University and a licensed professional counselor. The former editor of the Journal of College Counseling is also the author of three books: Girls’ and Women’s Wellness: Contemporary Counseling Issues and Interventions, Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Counselor’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment (edited), and Adolescent Girls in Distress: A Guide to Mental Health Treatment and Prevention. Visit her website or follow @DrLauraChoate on Twitter.


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Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture

By: Laure Choate

Swimming Upstream book cover1Today’s young girls face so much pressure to live up to confusing and contradictory expectations. From pop culture to social media to their own peers, girls are urged to look perfect and much older than they are, accumulate a long list of accomplishments, and demonstrate their ability to gain approval and attention from others. What can parents do to raise a healthy daughter in this challenging environment?

In SWIMMING UPSTREAM: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture (Oxford, November 2015), Laura Choate – counselor, mom, and contributor to Psychology Today – provides parents with reassurance that their influence really can make a significant difference in their daughters’ development. Choate supplies parents with a foundational background of girls’ culture, their development, and their mental health, and offers a guide designed to equip parents with strategies (including supplemental activities) to help girls thrive in this complex culture. Some topics discussed include positive body image, healthy relationships with friends and romantic partners, thriving in high pressure academic situations, and the ability to self-regulate.

Using cutting edge analysis and counseling and development psychology literature, Choate emphasizes purposely preparing girls with life skills they will need to resist cultural pressures and manage developmental transitions. “I am writing this book because I want to speak up for girls who are living in a toxic culture that holds an unknown future for them. I want to empower you to speak up as well. Our girls do not have a voice yet, but we do… We have what it takes to help them stand strong and remain resilient,” she shares in her Introduction.

Parenting Girls for Resilience in Toxic Culture
by Laura H. Choate
Oxford University Press
November 2015
$17.95 Paperback
320 Pages

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