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The Girl Scout Research Institute is a vital extension of Girl Scouts of the USA's commitment to addressing the complex and ever changing needs of girls. Did you know…

 

Nearly one quarter of female teens (23%) have fewer than three adults they could go to if they needed help. - Feeling Safe: What Girls Say, 2003, Girl Scout Research Institute, Girl Scouts of the USA.

 

14.5% of girls age 6-11 and 15.5% of girls age 12-19 are considered overweight, figures that represent more than double the percentage of overweight girls in 1980. This has severe long term health implications, including an increased chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and asthma, along with symptoms of depression, among other things. Reported in Weighing In: Helping Girls Be Healthy Today, Healthy Tomorrow, Girl Scout Research Institute, forthcoming.

 

Teen girls account for 58 percent of new AIDS cases reported among young  people ages 13-19. - National Survey of Teens on HIV/AIDS, 2000, Henry J. Kaiser Foundation.

 

Girls are beginning to drink at younger ages.  In the 1960’s, 7 percent of new female users of alcohol were between the ages of 10 and 14, compared to 31 percent by the early 1990’s.  www.health.org/govpubs/rpo993/

 

Girls 11 – 17 say that in all-girl groups it is easier to:

- Relate to other girls (92%)

- Talk about issues you can’t talk about in front of boys (91%)

- Be yourself (76%)

- Look how you want to look (57%)

 

-The Ten Emerging Truths: New Directions for Girls 11 – 17, 2002, Girl Scout Research Institute, Girl Scouts of the USA.

 

Girls everywhere need positive role models in their life. Find your local Girl Scout council.