U.S. Department of Justice

What Works for Female Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions

Publication year: 2012 | Cataloged on: Jan. 17, 2013

Library ID

  • 026594

Other Information

  • 2012
  • 23 pages
Thumbnail preview ANNOTATION: 'Girls face unique developmental challenges in childhood and adolescence. Compared to boys, girls tend to report more mental health problems, and they are susceptible to reproductive health risks, such as unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. While a number of evidence-based programs have been found to be effective at reducing risk factors for children and adolescents, many programs have differential impacts for girls and boys. Understanding what works for girls is critical to improving outcomes youth' (p. 1). This brief examines those programs that work or don't work for girls. Programs are rated according to found to work, mixed findings, and not found to work and are organized into the areas of academic achievement, delinquency, externalizing or acting out behaviors, mental health/internalizing (depression) outcomes, physical health and nutrition, reproduction health and sexuality, self-sufficiency, social skills, and substance use.
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