Italian Adolescents and Emergency Contraception: A Focus Group Study

Maria Giulia Olivari*, Gaia Cucci', Emanuela Confalonieri

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

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Study Objective Using a qualitative method, the purpose of this study was to: (1) obtain information directly from the adolescents on their attitudes and knowledge regarding emergency contraception; and (2) investigate the presence of differences between male and female participants’ attitudes and knowledge. Design and Participants This study consisted of 24 single-sex focus groups with 160 adolescents (male = 46.3% (74 of 160); female = 53.7% (86 of 160)) aged 15-19 years conducted among high schools in 3 regions of Italy. Results Data were analyzed through thematic analysis taking into account gender differences and 2 main themes emerged. The first was labeled “Adolescents’ attitudes toward emergency contraception” and it was divided into 3 subthemes: You should be aware; It's a life line; and Everything but a child. The second theme was labeled “Adolescents’ knowledge toward emergency contraception” and it was divided into 3 subthemes: False myths; Baseline information; and Just take it. Conclusion Italian adolescents believed it is important to prevent the risk of unprotected sex by using contraceptive methods and their motivation to use emergency contraception is related to critical attitudes toward the consequences of irresponsible/ineffective contraception. Although adolescents have an awareness of emergency contraception, more comprehensive knowledge is needed. These findings can inform specific interventions aimed at educating adolescents in need of emergency contraception.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)41-46
Numero di pagine6
RivistaJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


  • Adolescents
  • Emergency contraception
  • Focus group
  • Thematic analysis


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