Gender ideologies, gender equality and health in young people

Project Details

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


Dr Tania King, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Allison Milner, University of Melbourne (1983-2019)


University of Melbourne

Research Outcomes

Breaking gender stereotypes. Early. – Pursuit

Research Publications

  1. Kavanagh AM, Priest N, Emerson E, Milner AKing T. Gender, parental education and experiences of bullying victimization by Australian adolescents with and without a disability. Child Care Health Dev. 2018; 44(2) 332-341. 10.1111/cch.12545
  2. King TL,  Kavanagh A, Scovelle AJ & Milner A. Associations between gender equality and health: A Systematic Review. H Health Promot Int. 2018 Dec 7. 10.1093/yel/day093

Research Group

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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