UNPOPULAR TEENAGE GIRLS
"Mother, I'm just not popular. I wish I could have good times with boys like the other girls." What a a world of anxiety these words can create. It is hard to know who is more deeply hurt, the daughter who is confronting a problem as serious as any she will ever face or the mother who does not know how to help.
Every intelligent mother is concerned that her daughter make the normal adjustment at adolescence. Every mother wants to promote the growth of confidence in relations with the opposite sex. The question is, what is to be done?
Such a problem calls for a sympathetic, well planned educational program. The child in this dilemma is a normal youngster. There are thousands of girls who have had good times and girl companions in abundance who at adolescence do not develop confidence with the opposite sex.
-excerpt from "Mother's Encyclopedia," 1951 ed. Article by Harriet O'Shea, Ph.D.