The Global Early Adolescent Study - A worldwide investigation into how gender norms evolve and inform a spectrum of health outcomes in adolescence

The Global Early Adolescent Study - A worldwide investigation into how gender norms evolve and inform a spectrum of health outcomes in adolescence

The ages 10-14 years are among the most critical for human development, yet one of the most poorly understood stages. While the biological processes that adolescents go through are universal, the social contexts within which they occur vary considerably. During the transition from child to adult, young people are expected to assume socially defined gender roles that determine their sexual and reproductive health future. The Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) aims at understanding the factors in early adolescence that predispose young people to subsequent sexual health risks and that conversely contribute to healthy sexuality so as to provide the information needed to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes. GEAS is led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, USA) and the Department of Reproductive Health and Research of the World Health Organisation. The first qualitative phase of the project took place in fifteen cities around the world. The quantitative longitudinal study is implemented in ten cities worldwide. A cross-country comparison offers a unique perspective on the commonalities and differences of the role of parents, peers as well as media in shaping young people’s sexuality and the role of gender norms in that development across diverse cultural settings.

Funding agencies

Flemish Ministry of Innovation, Public Investment, Media and Poverty Reduction; Research Foundation – Flanders; Senescyt (Ecuador); National Research Fund of South Africa

Team

Mevr. Sara De Meyer Mevr. Kristien Michielsen

Coordinator

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - USA

Partners

Belgium: Ghent University, International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH); Bolivia: Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano; Brazil: University of Sao Paulo; Burkina Faso: University of Ouagadougou; Chile: University of Santiago; China: SIPPR; Democratic Republic of the Congo: University of Kinshasa School of Public Health; Ecuador: University of Cuenca; Egypt: Assiut University; India: Population Council; Indonesia: Rutgers; Kenya: APHRC; Malawi: University of Malawi; Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo University; Scotland: University of St. Andrews, Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit; South Africa: University of the Western Cape; USA: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – International coordinator and the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies; Vietnam: Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences

The Global Early Adolescent Study - A worldwide investigation into how gender norms evolve and inform a spectrum of health outcomes in adolescence