Growing up - study 1983


Persons (unwanted and controls in Finland and Sweden) at 16 years old interviewed by Antero Myhrman.

Number of cases
Unwanted children: N = 231 (123 boys, 108 girls) (100%).

Data collected: N = 88 (boys n = 41 (33%), girls n = 47 (43%)

Controls: N = 227 (124 boys, 103 girls).

Data collected: N = 89 (boys n = 43 (35%), girls n = 46 (45%).

Data collection
Unwanted children controls were selected from the 1966 cohort. The controls being matched with the unwanted children in sex, age and parity based on the 1966 data. The number of children and the marital and social status of the mother were matched, also taking into account the changes in these variables between 1966 and 1980. Ninety-six per cent of the children selected lived in Northern Finland, 2% in Southern Finland and 2% in Sweden. The data consist of those children who gave a written acceptance for an interview. Most of the children were in their last year of compulsory schooling. The interviews took place mainly in the schools, but some of the children were interviewed in public libraries or at their homes. The study setting was double blind. There were no statistical differences in the matched variables between the cases and controls. The guestionnarie to the children focused attention on the child's perception of his own childhood and family relations and attitudes towards school, the future and adulthood. Teachers were asked to fill in a guestionnaire about the behaviour of the child and his/her achievements at school.

Questionnaire (in finnish)

Variables (in finnish)

Main article

Myhrman A.: Family relation and social competence of children unwanted at birth. A follow-up study at the age of 16. Acta Psychiatr. Scand. 1988, 77: 181-187.

Last updated: 10.7.2020