Youth Sexuality 2010 (abstract)

Youth sexuality 2010: repeat survey of 14 to 17-year-olds and their parents

Youth Sexuality 2010

Representative survey of young people and their parents

In spring / summer 2009 the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA) commissioned a large-scale study of 14–17-year-olds and their parents for the seventh time. The representative survey ties in with the previous surveys on youth sexuality from 1980–2005.

The goal of the study commissioned by the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung is to obtain reliable data about the attitudes and behaviour of young people and their parents in Germany regarding matters of sexuality and contraception.

What is special about this set of surveys is its long-term nature, meaning that long-term trends can be discovered. There is now more than a generation between the first and current surveys. Furthermore, the situation in the home can be highlighted, since surveying the young people as well as their parents makes it possible to find connections that would not be possible if just the young people were surveyed.

The main subject matters are sexuality education in school and at home, first sexual experiences and contraception. In addition to the questions pursued in every survey, the current survey took an in-depth interest in young people’s knowledge of contraceptives and their experiences with them.

Focus on Migration

The current publication summarizes the most important results and presents them through text and graphics. Unlike the previous survey in 2005, the current data are presented with a focus on comparing young people with German citizenship with young people who have a migrant background. The long-term trends refer exclusively to young people with German citizenship, since there are no long-term data for the other category.

Further analyses will follow in the near future, such as the evaluation of the parents’ data.