About this project
About this project
The aim of the study is to increase the awareness of the importance of gender-specific interventions for young girls to develop health promotion and prevention. An overall aim is to improve the knowledge for the alcohol, drugs, doping and tobacco (ANDT) - prevention among young girls.
The aim of the research project is to study three projects with activities designed specifically at young girls. The projects are implemented by two NGOs. It's KSAN's project National / International Network of girl group leaders BellaNet and Girls Zone projects Big sister against drugs and Big sister online. The Girls Zone projects are aimed at girls aged 12-25 years. The activities provide support to young girls by offering individual meetings with a ten year older girl. These girls form pairs, called Big Sister / Little Sister. The individual meetings is either online or offline. KSAN project aims to support the girl group leaders in the country that operates girl groups in different activities.
The longitudinal study intends to follow the position of young girls age 12-25 years with respect to family life, lifestyles and well-being with a particular focus on mental health. Based on this study we will try to identify what gender adapted activities means for these young girls. Does it make a difference in the girls' life? What does it means for the young girls to meet a Big sister or join a girl group? What happens to the young girls after such involvement? Further study will try to examine the big sisters / girl group leaders and their vision, attitude and expectations of the mission of the mission they are committed to.
In the spring of 2011 we began the preliminary work with discussions with project managers and a detailed project plan was worked out. The Regional Ethical Review Board in Uppsala approved the study in June 2011 (Ref 2011/212). The study began in the autumn of 2011. Data has been collected annually in 2011-2014 through questionnaires to the participation of young girls. Interviews have been conducted with little sisters and big sisters and project managers.
Results and publications
Regular reporting is made annually to the Public Health Agency and the participating NGOs. The results are planned to be published in scientific papers based on the study questions. The first article is submitted.