Promoting Adolescent Girls’ Well-Being in Pakistan: a Mixed-Methods Study of Change Over Time, Feasibility, and Acceptability, of the COMPASS Program

Director of the CPC Learning Network Lindsay Stark, CPC faculty affiliate Marni Sommer and colleagues from the International Rescue Committee and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health recently published an article in Prevention Science on promoting resilience among displaced adolescent girls in northern Pakistan. The mixed-method evaluation revealed that promoting resilience may buffer against developmental risks such as violence exposure and associated longer-term consequences for physical and mental well-being. However, girls access to such programming may be limited by social norms restricting movement. Primary outcomes included improvements in movementsafety, and comfort discussing life skills topics with caregivers, operationalized quantitatively as number of places visited in the previous month, number of spaces that girls felt safe visiting, and comfort discussing puberty, education, working outside thhome, and marriage, respectivelyTaken together, findings illustrate positive impacts of life skills programming, and the need for societal changes on gender norms to improve girls safety in public spaces and access to resources. 
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