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GIRL P So it w as som ew h at su r pr isin g w h en Har var d pr of essor Dan Kin dlon , st u dyin g m or e t h an 900 adolescen t s acr oss t h e U.S. an d Can ada, f ou n d t h at t oday ?s adolescen t gir ls exh ibit ?em an cipat ed con f iden ce,? ch ar act er ized by an over all in cr ease in self -est eem , r edu ced depr ession , an d sh if t in g gen der r oles. To assess t h e psych ological h ealt h of t h is n ew gen er at ion of gir ls w h o appear t o be m or e con f iden t , Kin dlon developed t h e Adolescen t Lif e Su r vey, w h ich m easu r es 19 dim en sion s of t een lif e an d exper ien ce. Kin dlon f ou n d w h at h e calls a n ew ?alph a psych ology ? am on g t h e gir ls. In f act , t h er e w er e n o sex dif f er en ces in m en t al h ealt h , n o dr op in self -est eem in m iddle sch ool, an d n o loss of con f iden ce. Today, Kin dlon claim s, w it h m or e oppor t u n it ies available, t h e m en t al h ealt h split bet w een gir ls an d boys is dim in ish in g.