First Advisor

Ann Mussey

Date of Publication


Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

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


Interdisciplinary Studies


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



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 122 pages) : illustrations


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.


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

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