Shaping Aspirations and Outcomes: Gender and Adolescence in Young Lives

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Author/Publisher: Young Lives 
Language: English

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In this report, Young Lives brings evidence to bear on gender equality, by exploring the impact that gender, social norms and poverty have had on adolescents in the Young Lives study between the ages of 10 and 19 years. We show how girls, boys and their families have negotiated the real-life demands of work, school, family, relationships and marriage, and how norms, economic circumstances and local public services such as health and education have made their choices easier or harder. While gender shaped children’s experiences every step of the way, this did not in every instance mean that girls were disadvantaged relative to boys. And while all children faced big changes during adolescence, these did not occur in a predictable, ordered sequence.  


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