New Research

Providing current research to our members is a strategic priority for the Alliance. We deliver access to valuable resources and anaylsis of the latest research findings relevant to educators of girls. If you have any suggestions for research topics or feedback on our research collateral, please contact our Research Officer, Jan Richardson (e) [email protected].

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Sexual orientation discordance and nonfatal suicidal behaviours in US high school students (Annor, et al., 2018)

September 2019

A US study examining the suicidal behaviours of high school students has demonstrated that female students who indicate discordance between their reported sexual orientation and sexual behaviours are at an exponentially increased risk of suicide (Annor, Clayton, Gilbert, Ivey-Stephenson, Irving, David-Ferdon, Kann, 2018, p. 1). The high school years which…

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Psychological wellbeing of sexual minority young adults in Iceland (Gisladottir et al., 2018)

September 2019

A study of mental health among sexual minority youth in Iceland has found that same-sex and both-sex-attracted adolescent participants report higher levels of anger, depressed mood and perceived stress than their other-sex-attracted counterparts, with the worst outcomes experienced by participants, and particularly young females, reporting to be both-sex-attracted. The researchers…

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Girls’ experience of sexual harassment by boys in co-educational schools (Shute, Owens & Slee, 2016)

August 2019

An Australian study has built on previous research showing that girls, particularly in co-educational environments, are at increased risk of reporting sexually-toned bullying behaviours through investigating sexual harassment and aggression in five co-educational schools in South Australia. As a result, the researchers have called for the adaptation of a popular…

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Girls helping girls: The impact of female peers on grades and educational choices (Schøne et al., 2017)

August 2019

Norwegian researchers have found that a higher proportion of female peers in lower secondary classes increases girls’ maths grades and the likelihood that they will choose STEM-based courses in upper secondary school. However, for boys, a higher proportion of girls in classes leads to lower science grades and a higher…

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Do disordered eating behaviours in girls vary by school characteristics? (Bould et al., 2018)

July 2019

Using longitudinal data from the UK, researchers have investigated whether there is a link between disordered eating behaviours (binge eating, purging, fasting, restrictive eating, and fear of weight gain) and body dissatisfaction clusters in particular schools or by school type. The researchers found no evidence of body dissatisfaction clustering by…

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Tracking gender stereotypes in kindergarten (Meland & Kaltvedt, 2019)

July 2019

Norwegian researchers have found that kindergarten staff contribute to upholding traditional gender stereotypes, treating girls and boys differently, despite the Norwegian Gender Equality Act requiring kindergartens and schools to focus on equality and avoid gender stereotyping. In contrast, the study found that kindergarten-age girls and boys challenge prevailing gender structures…

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