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Psychosocial Resilience Curriculum - Improved Physical Health for Adolescent Girls

Mon, 04/03/2023 - 04:19

Strategy researched

A comprehensive, scalable programme that combines evidence-based curricula that promote health [the Girls First Health Curriculum (HC)] as well as resilience/psychosocial wellbeing [the Girls First Resilience Curriculum (RC)] for marginalised girls in India

Impact achieved

Girls First (RC + HC) improves physical health outcomes versus the control, and the improvements made by Girls First girls were greater than those achieved by the individual programme components alone (RC or HC). The biggest detected effects were for RC + HC, including an increase in 5.11 units in the health knowledge scale used (0-14 scale) and a 4.62 increase in the score of the 0-32 gender equality score applied (0-32) when compared to schools without any intervention. In addition, RC + HC showed small scale but significant differences for all interventions compared to the control schools in secondary results of the study in indexes related to clean water behaviours, hand washing, menstrual hygiene, health communication, ability to get a doctor, substance use, safety, and vitality and functioning for the girls in the intervention schools.
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Research methodology



Social Science and Medicine; 2016

Journal paper title and link

A psychosocial resilience curriculum provides the "missing piece" to boost adolescent physical health: A randomized controlled trial of Girls First in India

Excerpt from Abstract

"Girls First significantly improved both primary and eight secondary outcomes (all except nutrition) versus controls. Additionally, Girls First demonstrated significantly greater effects, improving both primary and six secondary outcomes (clean water behaviors, hand washing, health communication, ability to get to a doctor, nutrition, safety) versus HC....[C]ombining these curricula amplified effects achieved by either curriculum alone. These findings suggest that psychosocial wellbeing should receive much broader attention, not only from those interested in improving psychosocial outcomes but also from those interested in improving physical health outcomes."

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