Rihanna’s decision to reunite with Chris Brown is now believed to be the result of low self esteem, a fact teenage girls are not oblivious to or afraid to admit. In a study commissioned by the Girl Scouts of America, girls between the ages of 8-17 overwhelmingly felt Chris Brown’s alleged beating of Rihanna was unacceptable. More significant however, is the fact that 48 percent of surveyed girls believe Rihanna’s decision to return to the “Take You Down” singer had to do with self esteem issues”. However, girls under the age of 13 also blamed Rihanna for the alleged beating — a fact Buzz Marketing’s Tina Wells says reinforces the need for parents to speak to their daughters early and often. “Overall, today’s girls are more savvy than often assumed,” says Leanne Gluck, Manager of uniquely ME!, the national Girl Scouts / Dove Self-Esteem Program. “The media attention surrounding this unfortunate incident presents an opportunity for parents and daughters to engage in open dialogue on the importance of self-esteem and healthy relationships.” According to Buzz Marketing Group, the nationwide survey reached 420 girls between the ages of 8-17 during March of 2009.
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