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Girl Empower: Studying the Impact of Mentorship, Asset Building, Caregiver Discussion Groups, and Cash Transfers on Reducing Girl's Vulnerability to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03756467
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : November 28, 2018
Last Update Posted : November 29, 2018
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
World Bank
International Rescue Committee
City University of New York
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Population Council

Brief Summary:
Girl Empower (GE) is a program designed to equip girls with the skills and experiences necessary to make healthy, strategic life choices and to stay safe from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Adolescent Behavior Sexual Violence Behavioral: Girl Empower Program Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The GE program is unique in its approach because it addresses girls' needs holistically. The girls' activities will take place in girl-only safe spaces located in their communities and contains the following components: Mentorship: girls have access to older female mentors. Mentors both provide weekly group-based and one-to-one interaction with girls as well as teach them critical skills; Asset building: Girls will have access to life skills and financial literacy training. This includes setting up savings accounts so girls practice their financial literacy skills, Monthly caregiver discussion groups among guardians of program girls, Capacity building and training of local health and psychosocial service providers to provide quality services to survivors of gender-based violence Intervention communities will either receive the GE program alone or the GE program with the plus small cash transfers to the girls' families as an incentive to attendance in weekly sessions (GE+).

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 2200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: The impact evaluation study is a cluster-randomized controlled trial among 100 communities with three study arms: control (no intervention), GE, and GE+.
Masking: Single (Participant)
Masking Description: The impact evaluation is a cluster-randomized controlled trial with three study arms: control (no program), GE, and GE+. GE refers to the Girl Empower program alone, while GE+ adds small cash transfers to the families of eligible girls as an incentive to increase take-up of GE attendance in weekly sessions. The study team will conduct a baseline survey of all girls age 13-14 and their caregiver in 100 communities in Nimba County, Liberia. Communities will then be randomized, blocking on number of girl in the community and % of girls enrolled in school, to one of the 3 study arms. Two years following the baseline survey (1 year following program completion), the study team will conduct an endline survey in all 100 communities with the same girls and caregivers and compare outcomes in the three study arms.
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Girl Empower: Studying the Impact of Mentorship, Asset Building, Caregiver Discussion Groups, and Cash Transfers on Reducing Girl's Vulnerability to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
Actual Study Start Date : July 12, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 31, 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 31, 2018

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MedlinePlus related topics: Caregivers

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Arm 1
1) the Girl Empower life skills curriculum, facilitated by local mentors; 2) caregiver discussion group, facilitated by IRC staff
Experimental: Arm 2
1) the Girl Empower life skills curriculum, facilitated by local mentors; 2) caregiver discussion group, facilitated by IRC staff; and 3) savings account start-up
Behavioral: Girl Empower Program
Girl Empower (GE) encourages adolescent girls living in rural areas of Nimba County, Liberia to partake in weekly mentored community-based workshops on life skills, selfcare, and financial literacy.

Active Comparator: Arm 3
1) the Girl Empower life skills curriculum, facilitated by local mentors; 2) caregiver discussion group, facilitated by IRC staff; and 3) savings account start-up.
Behavioral: Girl Empower Program
Girl Empower (GE) encourages adolescent girls living in rural areas of Nimba County, Liberia to partake in weekly mentored community-based workshops on life skills, selfcare, and financial literacy.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Sexual Violence Index [ Time Frame: 40 weeks ]

    The primary outcome of interest is an index of sexual violence at the individual level.

    The index is composed of four questions in the endline survey instrument. The construction of the index, and a detailed description of its components is described in the pre-analysis plan (PAP) document uploaded under the "Analysis Plan" in this registration.




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Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy, eligible girls aged 13 to 14 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

-


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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03756467


Contacts
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Contact: Kelly Hallman, Ph.D. 212-339-0687 khallman@popcouncil.org

Locations
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Liberia
University of Liberia Recruiting
Monrovia, Liberia
Contact: Kelly Hallman, Ph.D.    212-339-0687    khallman@popcouncil.org   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Population Council
World Bank
International Rescue Committee
City University of New York
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Kelly Hallman, Ph.D. Population Council

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Responsible Party: Population Council
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03756467     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 645
First Posted: November 28, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 29, 2018
Last Verified: November 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Population Council:
Adolescent Behavior
Sexual Violence