Gender ideologies, gender equality and health in young people

Adolescence is a critical developmental period during which a person’s identity, norms and attitudes are established. Individually held attitudes about gender and gender equality among adolescents are likely to have important and lifelong consequences for health, as evident in emerging research.  However, we know little about the main structures and drivers of gender equality, and how it relates to gender norms and values as well as health outcomes among adolescents. Developing an understanding of gender equality among adolescents is critical to understanding and preventing later health consequences.

The aim of this project is to review the ways that gender equality is conceived and measured among adolescents.  The project will:

  • review current approaches to the measurement of gender equality among adolescents in high-income countries;
  • develop a conceptual framework for the measurement of gender equality in this group;
  • examine associations between gender equality and health outcomes using existing datasets

Research Team

Dr Tania King, University of Melbourne
Dr Allison Milner, University of Melbourne


University of Melbourne



Professor Anne Kavanagh


The Measurement and Monitoring Research Program is funded through grants and research contracts provided by a variety of sources, including Australian Research Council, Victorian State Government departments and internal University funding.


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Gender ideologies, gender equality and health in young people