A Gender Focus

We are exploring young people’s perceptions of the gender norms that regulate their behavior, how they form their own beliefs about gender, and how these beliefs align with social norms in their communities

The GEAS Survey

The GEAS survey instrument is comprised of three measures: a tenmodule health instrument, a vignettes-based measure of gender equality and a measure of gender norms. Together, these three components assess a range factors and outcomes in adolescence including: gendered norms and processes; adolescent empowerment; risk and protection; exposure to violence and adversity; cohesion and connectedness among peers, family, school, neighborhood, and community; and a range of health outcomes.

Study Design and Objectives

The longitudinal design will follow a cohort of 10-14 year old adolescents in each site annually for up to five years.

The GEAS will conduct two types of research.

OBSERVATIONAL RESEARCH: GEAS sites function as observational research studies among

approximately 1,400 adolescents. These studies provide insight into the evolution of gender norms over time and the impact of gender norms on key behavior and health outcomes.

IMPACT EVALUATION OF INTERVENTIONS: In some sites, the GEAS survey is used to evaluate the impact of interventions aimed at shifting the trajectory toward greater gender equality. Intervention sites enroll a larger sample of adolescents, equally divided into intervention and control arms.