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This report presents data on multiple dimensions of adolescents’ lives in urban settlements in Dhaka and Gazipur districts, Bangladesh. The study provides evidence on the lives of young people in a manner that can inform programs and policies directed toward this underserved population. Data is presented on education; reproductive health; family planning; marriage and dowry; physical mobility and social context; gender equality; family life, relationships, and emotional well-being; substance abuse; and livelihoods. There is presently little information about what makes adolescent girls and boys vulnerable in urban settings. The analysis explores and highlights sex, age, education, and marital-status-related differentials among adolescents. In addition to assessing adolescent lives in terms of education, school, and work, the survey included questions about perceptions, opinions, knowledge, attitudes regarding gender and rights, and career aspirations. The survey included extensive assessments of learning outcomes in terms of reading abilities and comprehension, numeracy, and analytical thinking, as well as a detailed assessment of mental health. The study was developed by the Population Council in collaboration with the BRAC Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University.






BALIKA (Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income, and Knowledge for Adolescents)