MAILED: Oct. 16, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Maureen Mack, associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has completed foundational work for a book she plans to publish in the future.
"The Incredible Journey: From girl to womanhood" will be about females and their relation to substance abuse, other health disorders and victimization experiences.
How girls differ from boys is among the major topics the book addresses, Mack said. The book also looks at how treatment and recovery programs for such things as alcohol and other addictions have been geared toward males.
"Do these models of treatment fit the needs of girls and women?" Mack asked. "Research says no, and I wanted to find out why."
While researching her book, Mack discovered there are seven key needs for girls and young women: the need of a mother and her caring; the need for a father's protection; the need to delay dating and mating; the need to discover love in activities, creativity and circles of caring; the need to banish the word diet and replace it with fuel; the need for female mentors; and the need for a spiritual connection and a means to express that connection.
Mack's book will speak directly to girls and young women but will be a useful tool for mothers, fathers, mentors and helping professionals as well, she said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 16, 1997