A Validation Study of

Puberty and Gender Workbooks for Very Young Adolescents in Cochabamba, Bolivia

About:

Sexual and reproductive health indicators in Bolivia, including low rates of modern contraceptive use, high incidence of intimate partner and sexual violence, and limited access to water and sanitation to support menstrual hygiene, demonstrate that there is a need for VYA-focused interventions in the country. Save the Children’s puberty and gender workbooks are one such intervention focused on VYA health in Bolivia and are the subject of this research. The workbooks were developed for VYA in Cochabamba, a city located in central Bolivia. This study sought to evaluate the acceptability and impact of the Save the Children puberty and gender workbooks for VYA in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Title


A Validation Study of Puberty and Gender Workbooks for Very Young Adolescents in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Authors

Kathleen Trocin (Emory University Rollins School of Public Health), Caroline de Hilari

Year

2016

Citation

Study Location

Bolivia

About

Sexual and reproductive health indicators in Bolivia, including low rates of modern contraceptive use, high incidence of intimate partner and sexual violence, and limited access to water and sanitation to support menstrual hygiene, demonstrate that there is a need for VYA-focused interventions in the country. Save the Children’s puberty and gender workbooks are one such intervention focused on VYA health in Bolivia and are the subject of this research. The workbooks were developed for VYA in Cochabamba, a city located in central Bolivia. This study sought to evaluate the acceptability and impact of the Save the Children puberty and gender workbooks for VYA in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Key Words

LMICs, Bolivia, awareness, education, VYA, workbook

Type of Research

Peer-reviewed, Qualitative research, Case study

Major Take-Aways

Considering the study’s limitations and triangulated results, several recommendations were made for the improvement of the next version of these workbooks and a set of puberty and gender workbooks that were distributed in the Beni region of Bolivia. Following the study, several changes were made to the workbooks according to these recommendations. These changes included:

  • Resolutions were added to stories about sexual violence and peer pressure to make VYA more comfortable with the plotlines.
  • Material was added that emphasized that menstruation and menstrual blood is not dirty.
  • The sections on gender in both girls’ and boys’ workbooks were expanded since most VYA already demonstrate positive attitudes about the topics presented in these sections. These sections incorporated more nuanced gender topics such as relationship education. The results of this study not only helped inform subsequent versions of these workbooks, but also contribute to the evidence base on how to create effective and culturally sensitive interventions to promote health among VYA more broadly.

Identified Research Gaps

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