This research made under the REPROSTAT 2 Project. Research is aimed at investigating the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of school-based youths in four countries of the European Union. (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Portugal)
During the 2005–2006 school year, students of either sex, aged between 16 and 19 years and entering grade 10, 11 or 12 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.
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).
Sexual activity is common among school-going youths in all four countries. This highlights the need for Member States to systematically collect indicators of sexual and reproductive health 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 sexually transmitted infections in adolescent. In addition to that, teachers were the most important source of information on sexual and reproductive matters in three countries and friends provided most information about puberty.