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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Alliance research guide on bullying and cyberbullying (2019)

November 2019

Bullying and cyberbullying are some of the most challenging issues facing schools today, with the advent of digital devices and social media expanding bullying far beyond the traditional school gate. Students are dealing not only with face-to-face verbal and physical bullying, but also with the online posting of a wide…

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Girls in co-educational schools more prone to disordered weight control behaviours than girls in single-sex schools (Kim et al., 2018)

November 2019

A Korean study has confirmed previous research finding that girls in co-educational high schools are more like to exhibit disordered weight  control behaviours, such as fasting, dieting or self-induced vomiting, than girls attending single-sex high schools (Kim, Bryn Austin, Subramanian, Thomas, Eddy, Franko, Rodgers, & Kawachi, 2018). Research shows that…

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The effects of manipulated Instagram photos on body image of adolescent girls (Kleemans et al., 2018)

November 2019

A Norwegian study investigating the effects of manipulated versus original photos on a sample of adolescent girls’ body image has found that exposure to manipulated photos directly influenced negative body image among girls. This effect was strongest among girls with a tendency to determine their self-worth by comparing themselves to…

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Can girls wear shorts and trousers too? (Cohen Woods & Laattoe, 2019)

October 2019

A report by Flinders University academics Sarah Cohen Woods and Rachel Laattoe has examined the adherence of public schools to the South Australian Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) dress code requiring flexible uniform options, regardless of gender, and compares girls’ uniform options in public and private schools (Cohen…

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The ‘mighty girl’ effect: Does having daughters alter parents’ attitudes towards gender roles? (Borrell-Porta et al., 2018)

October 2019

A British study has sought to examine the impact that parenting girls has on altering attitudes towards gender roles, finding evidence of a positive relationship between parenting girls and the acceptance and advocacy of less traditional gender roles among parent participants. This relationship was found to be particularly robust among…

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Parenting behaviours that shape child compliance (Leijten et al., 2018)

October 2019

A study evaluating the effectiveness of a range of parenting behaviours on child compliance has found that enforcing time-outs or ignoring a child who is demonstrating non-compliant behaviours are the most effective strategies for facilitating compliance in children (Leijten, Gardner, Melendes- Torres, Kneer & Overbeek, 2018). Child compliance refers to…

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