Pregnancy and termination of pregnancy in underage women (project profile)
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Pregnancy and termination of pregnancy in underage women

Pregancy and termination of pregnancy in underage women

Project profile

Inhaltsübersicht


 

Project team

Projekt management
Gunter Schmidt, Department of Sexual Research and Forensic Psychiatry, University of Hamburg;

Elke Thoss, CEO of pro familia

Contributors
Karin Block
Silja Matthiesen
Svenja Mix
Sigrid Weiser

 

Client

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung
Maarweg 149-161
50825 Köln
Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)221 8992-0 Fax: +49 (0)221 8992-300

 

Research institutes

Institut für Sexualforschung und forensische Psychiatrie, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
Martinistrasse 52
20246 Hamburg
Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)40 42803-0
Fax: +49 (0)40 42803-7769
www.uke.uni-hamburg.de

pro familia Bundesverband
Stresemannallee 3
60596 Frankfurt a.M.
Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)69 639002
Fax: +49 (0)69 639852
www.profamilia.de

 

Survey period

Quantitative studies:
(A) Core study (pro familia)
June 2005 – February 2006
(B) Validation study (Diakonie)
May 2007 – August 2007

Qualitative survey:
August 2005 – February 2007

 

Target group

Pregnant women under the age of 18

 

Sample

2,278 pregnant women under the age of 18 (quantitative survey)

62 women under the age of 18 after a termination, 11 partner after the termination of the women interviewed (qualitative survey)

 

Implementation

Core study: 138 of the 160 pro familia advice centres all over Germany
  • Participation quota: 79% of all the pregnant women under the age of 18 who took advantage of an advice session during the survey period
  • Type of counselling: 56% statutory pre-termination counselling, 33% general pregnancy counselling; 11% unclear
  • Comprehensiveness: 20% of all women under the age of 18 nationwide, who became pregnant during the time of the survey

Validation survey: 223 of 273 counselling centres of the Diakonisches Werk of the Protestant church in Germany
  • Participation quota: 81% of all the pregnant women under the age of 18 who took advantage of an advice session during the survey period
  • Type of counselling: 51% statutory pre-termination counselling, 39% general pregnancy counselling, 10% unclear

Qualitative survey: 10 large counselling centres operated by pro familia (Kiel, Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, Magdeburg, Leipzig, Bochum, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, Munich)
  • Survey of 62 women under the age of 18 two to three months after a termination
  • Additional survey of 11 partners of the women interviewed

 

Methods

Quantitative surveys: standardized documentation form
  • Socio-demographic and biographical data
  • Information about the partner
  • Information about the circumstances surrounding the conception

Qualitative survey: guideline-supported interviews (25 face-to-face interviews; 37 telephone interviews)
  • Reactions to the pregnancy
  • Circumstances of the conception
  • Decision-making processes and confl icts
  • Experience of the termination and the termination care
  • Sexual biography, contraceptive biography