The Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS)

Objectives

Main objectives

The goal of the Global Early Adolescent Study is to understand the factors in early adolescence that predispose young people to subsequent sexual health risks and conversely that contribute to healthy sexuality so as to provide the information needed to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

 Specific objectives

  • To develop instruments for understanding gender socialization related processes - measuring (1) SGN and (2) sexual and reproductive health in early adolescence - as the basis for program development and parents´ and schools´ support for improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health of young adolescents (11-13 years of age);
  • To understand how gender norms evolve during adolescence.
  • Understand how gender socialization influences sexual and reproductive health (including behaviour and outcomes) in later adolescence.

 Methods

  • Qualitative research: In depth narrative interviews with young adolescents and their parents, workshop to develop a vignette based instrument for assessing gender norms based on the experiences and relationships of early adolescence
  • Quantitative research: quantitative longitudinal study among a cohort of 900 adolescents aged 11-13

Activities

  • Fieldwork (interview and workshop) and analysis
  • Development of multidimensional scales to measure social gender norms and early adolescent sexual health
  • Development of a graphics-based instrument to assess attitudes toward gender equitable relationships
  • To implement the scales among a cohort of 900 adolescents aged 11-13
  • Analyse quantitative data
  • Awareness raising and dissemination of research results

Expected results

  • Contribute to the understanding of the the factors in early adolescence that predispose young people to subsequent sexual health risks and conversely that contribute to healthy sexuality
  • Provide the information needed to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes among young adolescents
  • Multidimensional scales to measure social gender norms among adolescents
  • A graphics-based instrument to assess attitudes toward gender equitable relationships
  • Longitudinal dataset on gender socialization in early adolescence and adolescent sexual and reproductive health

Geography:

Belgium (ICRH), Egypt (Assiut University), USA (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), Nigeria (Obafemi Awolowo University) , Kenya (APHRC), India (Population Council), China (SIPPR), Malawi (University of Malawi), Scotland (University of St. Andrews, Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit), South Africa (University of the Western Cape), Ecuador (Cuenca University), Bolivia (Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano), Vietnam (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences), Democratic Republic of the Congo (University of Kinshasa School of Public Health), Burkina Faso (University of Ouagadougou)

Funding agencies

Research in Belgium and South Africa: Flemish Ministry of Innovation, Public Investment, Media and Poverty Reduction (Belgium)
Research in Ecuador: Bilateral cooperation between FWO (Belgium) and SENESCyT (Ecuador)

 

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Funding agencies: 
Partners: 
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore; WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research World Health Organization, Geneva; African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya; Assiut University, Upper Egypt; Ghent University, International Centre for Reproductive Health, Belgium; Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria; Population Council, India; Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research (SIPPR), China; University of Malawi, Malawi; University of St. Andrews, Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit, Scotland; University of the Western Cape, South Africa; Academy of Social Sciences Institute for Sociology, Hanoi, Vietnam; Institute for Human Development, Bolivia; Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP) at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Kinshasa School of Public Health, University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Cuenca, Ecuador;
Project status: 
Ongoing
Period: 
01/07/2014-28/02/2017
Ends on: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017