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Peer Reviewed


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Scholarship of Discovery; Scholarship of Community Application


This paper focuses on the development of body image and self-esteem in adolescent girls and discusses the impact both positive and negative factors can have during this developmental stage of life. It argues the idea that a girl’s positive feelings regarding her external appearance can drastically influence her self-esteem, which in turn affects how she treats herself, as well how she allows others to treat her. This paper also follows the history of fashion shows, discussing their influence in media outlets that adolescent girls often turn to when searching for an identity in this culture. Pulling from a Christian perspective, the paper also introduces how churches deal with these negative factors and attempt to develop a positive self-image in adolescent girls. The research has been used to develop an all girl’s youth conference for adolescent girls between the ages of 11 and 14, which was held at College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, IL on November 9th, 2012. The paper will outline the schedule of the event, the topics discussed during the conference, the reactions from parents and students, and will present the results of a ten question survey completed by each attendee. Limitations regarding budget, time and professional relationships will also be discussed.


Honors Capstone Project completed in 2013 for Olivet Nazarene University.