Executive Overview

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THE GIRLS’ INDEX™ is the first-ever, large-scale national survey designed to develop a deeper understanding of the thoughts, experiences, perceptions, beliefs, behaviors and attitudes of teen girls throughout the United States.  While a plethora of research exists on the economic status, health trends, safety and crime victimization, drug use and risk-behavior of teens, there is little data that delves deeper into the lived experiences of girls and provides the opportunity for girls to share their thoughts and opinions related to a variety of relevant issues currently impacting their lives.  

We wanted to understand more about the connections to successful outcomes for girls and the perceptions that girls have of their opportunities for their futures.  What are the things girls want us to know about what it is like being a girl today and what do they want and need from the adults in their lives? What challenges do girls face in school and in relationships and how can we more effectively support their dreams and aspirations?

Together we are learning more about girls across the U.S.

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Forthcoming Impact Reports

ROX will continue to take the lead in disseminating additional findings from The Girls’ Index™ survey. This Girls’ Index™ Research Brief provides the first look into the complex world of girls and helps illuminate many of the strengths and challenges facing girls today. Through this research with a large and representative sample of girls, we have developed high-level insights into girls’ lives and have established strong national statistics surrounding key areas impacting girls.

Through additional analyses and reporting, we will continue to contribute to the understanding of the world of girls through the release of additional Girls’ Index™ Impact Reports. These deep examinations into the complex relationships between and among key variables of girls’ lives will focus on speciality topic areas, such as: girls and sport participation; single-gender school vs. co-education outcomes; variances among geographic regions, school type and socio-economic status; and technology/social media. Subject-specific reports will provide deeper knowledge about the issues impacting girls and serve as a catalyst for the needed support, resources, policy changes, motivation and encouragement that girls need to be successful.