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Title: Sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Portugal
Author: Fronteira, Inês
Silva, Miguel Oliveira da
Unzeitig, Vit
Karro, Helle
Temmerman, Marleen
Keywords: Young people
Sexual and reproductive health
Sexual behaviour
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health
Citation: The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, June 2009;14(3):215–220
Abstract: Objectives This pilot study, within the REPROSTAT 2 Project, aimed at investigating the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of school-based youths in four countries of the European Union. Methods Students of either sex, aged between 16 and 19 years and entering grade 10, 11 or 12 during the 2005–2006 school year participated in a cross sectional survey. A structured questionnaire was administered to a convenience sample of students from selected schools in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Portugal. Results In each country, more than three quarters of respondents had previously had a boyfriend or girlfriend and almost half had heterosexual intercourse. More than 85% of sexually experienced youths in each country had used contraception at coital debut. Mean age at coital debut varied between 15.2 (Belgium) and 16.4 years (Czech Republic). While 51% of respondents in Estonia knew of Chlamydia trachomatis infection, the corresponding figure in Portugal was only 12%. Conclusions Sexual activity is common among school-going youths in all four countries. This highlights the need for Member States to systematically collect indicators of SRH in this population. Use of a common measurement framework can inform the establishment of common targets for joint initiatives such as reducing teenage pregnancy and STIs in adolescents.
Description: © 2009 European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1080/13625180902894524
ISSN: 1362-5187
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