The girls work method: What is the role of empowerment in building girls’ agency?

C. Boomkens*, J. W. Metz, R. M. J. D. Schalk, T. M. R. F. Van Regenmortel

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Girls Work, as one of the methods used by professional youth work, focuses on helping vulnerable girls to shape their own lives (a capacity also referred to as ‘agency’). In this study, it is hypothesised that the methodical principles (i.e. the guiding principles of the methodical actions of the youth worker) contribute to the empowerment process of girls, which in turn leads to the development of girls’ agency. Serial mediation was used to test this hypothesis. Results indicate that all of the methodical principles, with the exception of the use of context, are important in helping girls develop agency. Four of the methodical principles contribute to both empowerment and agency, while the other methodical principles contribute to agency only through empowerment. This paper also addresses the importance of focusing on the empowerment of girls, as empowerment is positively linked with agency. All of the components of individual empowerment are important when helping girls develop their agency
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Youth
  • agency
  • empowerment
  • girls work
  • methods
  • practice
  • theory


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