Child Trends has completed two new research briefs that examine programmes and strategies that work, as well as don’t work, for each gender:
- What Works for Female Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
- What Works for Male Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
Each brief synthesises findings from rigorously evaluated social interventions for young people. The outcome areas explored include academic achievement, delinquency, mental health, reproductive health, and social skills. One key finding for both boys and girls was that including parents in some way in interventions led to desirable impacts for mental health outcomes.
On the other hand, for reproductive health, one-on-one interventions led to positive impacts for females, but experiential learning activities that included group activities were often effective for boys. In addition, while social skills training interventions were not successful for female children and teenagers in reducing externalising behaviours (eg, aggression), in many cases for males, these types of interventions were successful.
Sources: What works for female children and adolescents: Lessons from experimental evaluations of programs and interventions (2012), Child Trends
What works for male children and adolescents: Lessons from experimental evaluations of programs and interventions (2012), Child Trends