9/30/19—Girls Preparatory School (GPS) welcomed back to campus Dr. Lisa Damour, Executive Director of Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. Open to the public, Damour presented two sessions that provided fresh insights, advice, and conversation about her newest book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.
In Under Pressure, Damour, author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions of Adulthood, returns with an urgently needed guide to the alarming increase in anxiety and stress experienced by girls from elementary school through college. She notes not all stress is bad. “Anything that asks us to work at the edge of our current capacity is stressful, but that’s how we learn and grow,” writes Damour. Under Pressure explores stress in all forms and details the many facets of girls’ lives where tension can take hold and offers critical coping strategies to help parents reduce their daughters’ anxiety and address the toxic pressures to which our culture subjects girls and young women.
GPS inspires each girl to lead a life of integrity and purpose by engaging her mind, cultivating her strengths, and nurturing her self-confidence and respect for others. Inviting groundbreaking authors such as Damour to campus aligns with the mission of the school and promotes conversations around why all-girls schools are essential in the world today.