The Laurel School (Ohio) emphasizes accessing resources that help girls cope in challenging situations: creativity, growth mindset, self-care, purpose, and relationships, the key components of resilience.
Ann Klotz is the Head of Laurel school for Girls and Lisa Damour is a consulting Psychologist there. Together they operate the Center for Reasearch on Girls at Laurel. This article is an important one to read on behalf of our sisters, daughters, and grand daughters! BTW: Our grand daughter starts Kindergarten there this Fall!-Lou
"At Laurel School (Ohio), evidence-based practice dictates the design and implementation of programming to educate and sustain girls. Today, when we talk about girls and the challenges they face, the word “stress” comes up often. Though we might wish to reduce stress in the lives of girls, we find it difficult to do so. Like our colleagues at independent schools around the nation, we cannot easily change the high expectations of the many parents and girls who select an independent school education with the explicit goal of ensuring achievement. Nor can we alter the college admissions process, which is more competitive than ever — especially for girls.
At The Center for Research on Girls (CRG) at Laurel School, we have moved away from trying to reduce stressors that are largely out of our control and toward helping girls develop resources to address the stresses they inevitably face. Our approach is grounded in an established tradition in stress research that finds stress to be a subjective experience: whether an event is stressful depends heavily upon the resources available to address the stress. For example, owing a hefty fine on a forgotten library book is not as stressful if you have the money to pay for it, just as having a dear friend move away is not nearly so stressful if you have other good friends to lean on..."