There is significant research which supports the implementation of gender-specific programming to reduce risk behaviors in girls. Young women need information and skills that address their specific concerns and needs, and opportunities to participate in effective programs in order to avoid health risks. Indeed, gender expectations and roles are a strong force in American culture, and boys and girls often receive very different messages about sexuality, sex, and pregnancy. Girls need to know that they have options in life and that they can realize their potential. Gender-specific programming can work to boost the confidence, self-esteem, and skills of girls as they reach adolescence – time of great risk for plummeting self-esteem (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention [OJJDP], 1998).
– CURRENT RESEARCH EVALUATION-
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- Teen Pregnancy Prevention – PREIS
In partnership with Chapin Hall-University of Chicago, Demoiselle 2 Femme’s 3-D P.R.I.D.E. curriculum and Signature D2F Program are currently under rigorous evaluation for the purposes of becoming an evidence based model in urban centers across the country. The curriculum and program is designed to empower adolescent females with critical thinking skills, college access services, additional resources and support that encourage girls to navigate away from at–risk behaviors in an effort to prevent teen pregnancy and delay sexual activity. A quasi-experimental research design is being conducted in 8 schools across Chicago’s Southside and South Suburbs and over the course of the evaluation, close to 600 girls will receive instruction and services. Chapin Hall recently released a report of the initial findings for a baseline survey completed by program participants that demonstrate the need for the intervention and prevention services provided by Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP. Click here to review the Chapin Hall Baseline Report.
Office on Women’s Health – HIV & Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
GEARS has taken on the challenge to evaluate our HIV/AIDS, Violence Prevention model funded by the Office on Women’s Health. Findings from the G-WAVE program through the GEARS National survey and local survey have yielded significant results. A substantial difference between PRE and POST was observed in the area of school suspension or school expulsion. After the instruction, there was a 20% increase in the percent of students who said they do not think they would be suspended or expelled sometime during high school. A 22% reduction in fighting or being bullied was significant in fulfilling the goals and objectives of violence prevention. This multi-year study is in its fifth and final year of programming and final data will be available in Spring 2015.