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The Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) is the first global study to explore the process of gender socialization in early adolescence, and how this process informs health and behavioral trajectories for boys and girls throughout adolescence and across contexts.

This project in Masina and Kimbanseke, Kinshasa, DRC combines 1) an observational research study that explores how perceptions of gender norms are co-constructed in early adolescence and how they predict a spectrum of outcomes and 2) an impact evaluation to assess the effects of the GUG! intervention among early adolescents in Kinshasa. The longitudinal GEAS in Kinshasa is designed as a quasi-experimental study with an intervention and a control arm, each divided into 2 subgroups, In School (IS) and Out of School (OOS) adolescents.