Study Goals

The Global Early Adolescent Study seeks to better understand how gender socialization in early adolescence occurs around the world, and how it shapes health and wellness for individuals and their communities.

Why early adolescence?

The ages 10 to 14 are among the most critical for human development, yet one of the most poorly understood stages of the life course. While biological processes are universal, the social contexts within which they occur vary considerably. During this transition, young people are expected to assume socially defined gender roles that shape their future sexual and reproductive health.

A Global Perspective

A cross-cultural comparison offers a unique perspective on the commonalities and contrasts of the social processes shaping young people's health; with particular attention to the ways gender norms inform adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

The focus is on urban poor adolescents, a vulnerable and fast growing population worldwide This data will help to inform parents, teachers, youth workers, researchers, policymakers, program implementers and youth themselves that will shape programs and services.

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