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Sandra Basgall


"Creating Change in Self and Community: Young Women, Advocacy and Self-Esteem" examines whether young women's involvement in advocacy improves their confidence and self-esteem. The research methodology for writing this paper was to review literature regarding youth development, girls and self-esteem, and advocacy. In addition, older young women (25 to 35) who do advocacy work for a living were interviewed in qualitative interviews about their self-confidence and self-esteem as adolescents, their confidence and self-esteem today, about their first experiences with advocacy and about the correlation between their involvement in advocacy and their self-esteem and confidence. The conclusion of the paper is that the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to engage in advocacy contribute positively to the increase in young women's self-esteem and self-confidence. This paper is relevant as initial research for evaluating in involvement in advocacy and the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are important for doing advocacy make a positive impact on the self-confidence and self-esteem of adolescent girls.


Women's Studies