Milken Institute School of Public Health Poster Presentations (Marvin Center & Video)

Title

Gender Attitudes in Adolescence: Evaluating the Girl Rising Gender-sensitization Program in India

Document Type

Poster

Abstract Category

Global Health

Keywords

gender sensitization; gender equality; gender attitudes; gender norms; adolescent development

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2019

Abstract

Gender sensitization and empowerment programs during adolescence, when gender attitudes are formed, have the potential to diminish gender inequity. The Girl Rising ‘Gender-sensitization program’ was implemented in 254 schools in India to support adolescents in identifying, articulating, and sharing their gender-related experiences. A quasi-experimental study was conducted with a one group pre- and post-test with a sub-sample of schools in rural Punjab and Rajasthan, India (n=2,894 adolescents). Multivariable regression analyses adjusting for gender, grade, and district found that gender equality scores increased by 0.66 points (p<.001), gender roles/privileges/restrictions mean score increased by 0.41 points (p<.001), and gender attribute mean score increased by 0.17 points (p<.001). Gender-sensitization programs can play an important role in forming and changing gender attitudes during adolescence, and have the potential to alter their short and long-term beliefs.

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Gender Attitudes in Adolescence: Evaluating the Girl Rising Gender-sensitization Program in India

Gender sensitization and empowerment programs during adolescence, when gender attitudes are formed, have the potential to diminish gender inequity. The Girl Rising ‘Gender-sensitization program’ was implemented in 254 schools in India to support adolescents in identifying, articulating, and sharing their gender-related experiences. A quasi-experimental study was conducted with a one group pre- and post-test with a sub-sample of schools in rural Punjab and Rajasthan, India (n=2,894 adolescents). Multivariable regression analyses adjusting for gender, grade, and district found that gender equality scores increased by 0.66 points (p<.001), gender roles/privileges/restrictions mean score increased by 0.41 points (p<.001), and gender attribute mean score increased by 0.17 points (p<.001). Gender-sensitization programs can play an important role in forming and changing gender attitudes during adolescence, and have the potential to alter their short and long-term beliefs.