Adolescent attitudes towards gender roles and mental health outcomes

A new publication examines associations between gender role attitudes and mental health among Australian adolescents.

There is evidence that traditional gender-role attitudes are associated with poor mental health outcomes in adults; however, few studies have examined associations among adolescents. In this study, we sought to test associations between gender-role attitudes and mental health among Australian adolescents. We used data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), a longitudinal nationally representative study. 3,059 adolescents participated in the study that found that building and enabling equitable gender-role attitudes in adolescence could represent one means of optimising mental health benefits for adolescents.

The original article is available online:

King T, Sing A & Milner A. Associations Between Gender-Role Attitudes and Mental Health Outcomes in a Nationally Representative Sample of Australian Adolescents, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2019, Jan 10, 1-7.

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Tania King