women’s lives 3 – Family planning in women’s lives - unintended pregnancies and pregnancy conflicts
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Helfferich
Judith Eckert ; Annemarie Graf ; Yvonne Heine ; Heike Klindworth ; Christine Straub ; Stefanie Oyoyo ; Rainer Wagner ; Jennifer Wägerle ; Ines Wlosnewski
Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung
Sozialwissenschaftliches FrauenForschungsInstitut Freiburg an der Ev. Hochschule Freiburg (SoFFI F.)
01.07.2011 – 28.02.2014
Sample and method
4,002 women between the ages of 20 and 44, with data about 4,794 pregnancies
random sample from the phone books in Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Lower Saxony and Saxony; 1,000 women per state
telephone survey with a standardized questionnaire
The standardized questionnaire asks questions about all past pregnancies and seeks to find out whether they were wanted or not. It also asks about the women’s relationship and work status as well as their financial situation at the time the pregnancy occurred. This can be related to the women’s personal background, their biography as well as their attitudes. There were in-depth questions about unintended pregnancies – both those that were carried to term and those that were terminated. The regional differences of the four survey areas were taken into account during the evaluation.
97 one-on-one interviews with women who had had at least one unintended pregnancy and either carried it to term or terminated it
Contrastive sample formed from the sample from the quantitative survey
Partially narrative, biographical guided interviews. The respective information provided in the standardized and qualitative survey sections can be related.
In the qualitative one-on-one interviews the participating women were able to express their subjective viewpoints. Learning about their ideas on family planning and on shaping their life phases with and without children allows us to develop a deeper understanding of the statistical results obtained in the quantitative survey.
Interviews with family-planning experts 26 interviews with employees of advice centres with different focuses and funding bodies in the four states.