2010

Providing current research to our members is a strategic priority for the Alliance. We deliver access to valuable resources and anaylsis of the latest research findings relevant to educators of girls. Subscription-only academic research articles, as well as open access articles and reports by governments, universities and major organisations are summarised for members, highlighting themes and topics of particular relevance to the education of girls, including academic performance, mental health, leadership, neuroscience, single-sex education, STEM, wellbeing, and work and careers.

With over 400 research abstracts, including over 160 related to single-sex education, many of which summarise research from subscription-only academic journals, the Alliance Research Library provides an unparalleled source of information on single-sex education for girls.

Access is restricted to member schools. For more information or member access, please contact Loren Bridge (t) +61 7 5521 0749 (e) [email protected]

Sex differences in the adolescent brain (Lenroot & Giedd, 2010)

This article reviews the current data regarding sex differences in brain structure and function during adolescence. Adolescence is a particular period of interest because of the ‘increased divergence between males and females in physical characteristics, behavior and risk for psychopathology’ (Lenroot & Giedd, 2010, p. 46). Studies have demonstrated that:…

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Effect of the internet on adolescent girls’ weight satisfaction and drive for thinness in a single-sex school (Tiggemann & Miller, 2010)

The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between media exposure and body image in adolescent girls (Tiggemann & Miller, 2010, p. 79). ‘Body dissatisfaction is particularly prevalent during adolescence, a time when self-awareness, self-consciousness, introspectiveness, and preoccupation with self-image all dramatically increase’ (p. 79). The participants for…

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Sleep patterns, sleep problems and behavioural problems among school children (Hoedlmoser et al., 2010)

In this study, a survey was used to investigate sleep and behaviour in 330 preadolescent Austrian children (aged 8-11 years). ‘The aim was to evaluate typical sleep patterns, estimating the prevalence of sleep prob­lems and analysing whether they are re­lated to behavioural problems in these chil­dren’ (Hoedlmoser et al., 2010,…

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The relationship between childhood sleep problems and adolescent drug and alcohol use (Wong et al., 2010)

This study examined the relationship between childhood sleep problems, and alcohol and drug-related problems in adolescence. Previous studies have demonstrated that there is a ‘relationship between sleep problems and substance use ⁄abuse…in both adults and adolescents’ (Wong et al., 2010, p.1). Study participants were 292 American boys and 94 American…

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‘Rules’ for boys, ‘guidelines’ for girls: gender differences in symptom reporting during childhood and adolescence (MacLean, Sweeting & Hunt, 2010)

This study explored gender patterning of reported ill-health during childhood and adolescence. ‘A better understanding of the emergence of higher symptom reporting by females during adolescence may help explain gender differences in adult health’ (MacLean, Sweeting & Hunt, 2010, p. 598). ‘Dominant stereotypes of femininity would suggest that it is…

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