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Young adult reproductive health survey Romania, 1996 : final report
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    February 1998
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Young adult reproductive health survey Romania, 1996 : final report
  • Corporate Authors:
    Centre for Population Activities and Education for Development. ; International Foundation for Children and Families. ; National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.). Division of Reproductive Health.
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    Preface -- Acknowledgments -- I. Introduction -- II. Methodology -- III. Characteristics of the sample -- IV. Sex education -- V. Knowledge of contraception and fertility -- VI. Sexual behavior -- VII. Pregnancy experience -- VIII. Contraceptive use -- IX. Attitudes and opinions about contraception -- X. Reproductive health attitudes -- XI. Health behaviors -- XII. Knowledge of aids transmission and prevention -- References -- Appendix A: Sampling weights and estimated sampling error -- Appendix B: Institutions and persons involved in the 1996 Romanian Young Adult Reproductive Health Survey -- Appendix C: Questionnaires

    This final report presents findings from the 1996 Young Adult Reproductive Health Survey in Romania, among a nationally representative sample of 2047 men and 2025 women aged 15-24 years. Data were adjusted to reflect age, marital status, and residence estimates from the 1992 census. Most respondents had at least one school-based course or class on sex education. Respondents recommended starting sex education in the 8th-9th grades. 80% of young women spoke with their parents about at least 1 sex education topic. Young males were less likely than females to speak with parents about sex. Knowledge of modern contraception was almost universal. Women were more knowledgeable than men about contraception. The main source of information was friends. 27% of 15-19 year old women, and 52% of 20-24 year old women, knew the most fertile time in the menstrual cycle. Only 7% of teenagers had ever been in a formal marriage. 46% of the women and 66% of the men reported ever having sexual intercourse. Education was a strong predictor of delayed sexual activity. 88% of the women who were sexually experienced, and 65% of the men, had only 1 sexual partner in the 3 months preceding the survey. 32.2% of women were ever pregnant. 25% of all abortions were obtained by women aged 20-24 years, while under 7% were obtained by 15-19 year olds. 66% of sexually experienced women were in a union, of whom 20% used modern methods and 32% used traditional methods. The preferred method of preventing unintended pregnancy varied by gender and background characteristics. Almost all were aware of AIDS, but fewer were aware of sexually transmitted diseases.

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