Family planning

The investigation of the causes and decision-making processes of how women and men deal with the topics of contraception, partnership, desire to have children, pregnancy and childlessness has been a research focus of the BZgA for more than 15 years.

Under the title "living women", the Social Science Women's Research Institute in Freiburg (SoFFI F.) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Cornelia Helfferich has been conducting studies on the lives and family planning of women and men on behalf of the BZgA since 1998.

Here you will find information on the research projects that investigate the aspects of life courses and family planning.

Sexuality among

Students in the Internet Age

The sexual and relationship behavior of young, academically educated women and men is the focus of the current study. On behalf of the BZgA, the Institute for Sexual Research and Forensic Psychiatry of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf is investigating the reproductive behavior and the effects of the "new media" on the sexual socialization of young, highly educated adults.

women’s lives 3

Family planning in women’s lives - unintended pregnancies and pregnancy conflicts

As part of its series of studies about women’s and men’s family planning, the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA) has commissioned, as another milestone, the comprehensive study ‘women’s lives 3 – family planning in women’s lives’. Its focal point is unintended pregnancies and pregnancy conflicts. Following the investigation of unintended pregnancies and pregnancy terminations among minors, this study surveyed 4,002 women between the ages of 20 and 44 by way of a questionnaire; 97 women gave a qualitative interview.

women's lives 2

Family planning and migration in women’s lives

18% of the female population in Germany have a migrant background. More than one fifth of these women are aged between 20 and 44 and thus at an age when family planning and family formation are current issues. Since there is little in the way of fundamental knowledge regarding family formation, contraception and pregnancy termination in this (by place of origin) heterogeneous group, the BZgA commissioned the study “women’s lives: family planning and migration in women’s lives”. In the context of this research project 1,674 women with a migrant background and 839 German women aged between 20 and 44 were surveyed. The examination focused on the two largest migrant groups, i.e. women with a Turkish migrant background and women with an eastern European migrant background. The surveys were conducted in the cities of Berlin, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Oberhausen.

women's lives

How do women shape and evaluate their lives today and what role does family planning play in their lives? These questions are the focus of this investigation on women’s reproductive life stories. More than 1,400 women between the ages of 20 and 44 were surveyed between 1998 and 1999.

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Youth sexuality

Sexual abuse / sexualized violence

Sexuality Education in Europe