Case study: Exploring opportunities for and challenges to adolescents' psychosocial and mental health in Gaza

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This Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) briefing paper discusses the capabilities of adolescents in Gaza, highlighting the constraints and burdens faced by girls in particular. Social and gender norms are at the heart of these constraints, which are also shaped by the political turmoil and poverty.

This paper identifies how psychosocial and mental health service providers are failing to support adolescents’ well-being, as they are “too fragmented and reactive, and not adolescent-friendly.” The paper discusses solutions which bring an understanding of adolescents’ needs including approaches which are more sensitive to gender norms.

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