A new study from Flinders University has found that little girls are adopting potentially sexualised behaviours usually associated with teenage girls.
Little girls' engagement with teen culture is linked with an increased concern with physical appearance. Over one quarter of girls aged 8-10 were concerned about how they look.
We know from other studies that increased concern over physical appearance is linked with a range of negative health outcomes for girls, including depression, anxiety and disordered eating.
You can view the abstract for the study here.
The Herald Sun has written about the study here. [Link no longer available]