Advisor

Ann Mussey

Date of Award

2-7-2011

Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies

Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 122 pages) : illustrations

Subjects

Self-esteem in adolescence -- Research, Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls (Portland Or.), Girls -- Oregon -- Attitude, Self-esteem in adolescence -- Effect of music on

DOI

10.15760/etd.1667

Abstract

This Master's thesis examines girls' self-esteem through a qualitative research project held in the summer of 2010 at Portland, Oregon's Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. I interviewed ten white, middle class girls between the ages of ten and thirteen on various subjects including demographics, self-esteem, music, Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls and finally, experiences and pressures associated with being a girl. One key finding was the unique set of circumstances and experiences present which may foster higher self-esteem: 1) freedom from gender normative behavior; 2) skill mastery associated with learning an instrument; 3) support for a wider range of self-expression; 4) removal of the male gaze and male approval [in a female only space]; and 5) access to female role models. This thesis suggests that through their involvement with the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, these ten girls experience greater self-esteem.

Description

This thesis is only available to students, faculty and staff at PSU.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/11082

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