1980-1981 Philadelphia Study of Kinship Support for Adolescents in Family Planning Programs
Investigators: Roberta Herceg-Baron & Frank F. Furstenberg

The primary objective of this study was to test the impact of a program designed to promote greater communication between adolescents and their families. It was hypothesized that greater communication would improve contraceptive use. Three interviews were scheduled: one at the initial visit to the clinic, one at six months, and one at about 15 months after the initial visit. Information was collected on contraceptive use, pregnancy history, amount of communication with family members about sex and birth control, and experiences in the clinic programs. In addition, participants reported on their educational and occupational situation, life goals, relations with peers, and heterosexual experiences. Many of the questions were drawn from comparable surveys (DAAPPP Data Set Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 44, 45, and 63-66). The questions have thus been extensively tested, and the findings could be compared to earlier work. The adolescents in the study were evenly divided between whites and blacks. They were recruited from six federally funded family planning agencies over a 20- month period from January 1980 to September 1981. Initial contact with the adolescents was made in person; the first interview generally occurred in the clinic, and remaining interviews were carried out by phone. Of those adolescents who were approached, 93% agreed to cooperate, yielding a total sample of 502, including 61 (14%) controls (a family support, periodic support, and an additional control group). Attrition rates were low (88% concluded the second interview, 85% concluded the second follow-up).

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