School-study

Description
Unwanted and wanted persons at 16 years old.

Number of cases
Data obtained: N = 559.

Data collection
Teachers in Finland and in Sweden were asked to fill in a guestionnaire about the behaviour of the child and his/her achievements at school.

A series of 231 unwanted children, 123 boys and 108 girls, and 227 controls (124 boys and 103 girls) was selected from this 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 interviews were carried out by the author and the study setting was double blind. The percentage response was 33% for the unwanted boys (n 41), 35% for the control boys (n 43), 43% for the unwanted girls (n 47) an 45% for the control girls (n 46). 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: 21.2.2018