• Posted on: 28 October 2020

The University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI), with funding support from the Department of Health (DOH) announces the conduct of the 2021 Young Adult Sexuality and Fertility Study (YAFS5). This will be the 5th in the series of YAFS surveys.

Conducted since 1982 by UPPI and the Demographic Research and Development Foundation, Inc., the YAFS study prides itself as the Philippines’ largest series of cross-sectional surveys on the 15-24 age group. It has provided important information on Filipino adolescents and young adults, specifically on issues related to sexuality, fertility, reproductive health, education and employment aspirations and trajectories, health and lifestyle, ICT use, mental health, as well as their attitudes on marriage, family formation and norms, among others. Data from YAFS have been used as bases in the formulation of programs and policies of agencies such as the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), and the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM).

What’s unique about this upcoming YAFS5 study?

Aside from providing updated information on today’s young people, the COVID-19 pandemic will figure prominently in contextualizing the lived experiences and aspirations of Filipino youth. While the core questions on sexuality, fertility and reproductive health remain, YAFS5 will explore themes and issues that define this generation of young people.

As an innovation, and to address limitations on field work activities during the time of pandemic, the UP Population Institute is inviting researchers on youth issues, parents of young people, program implementers, young people (and those young at heart) to suggest topics and questions of interest to be explored in the 2021 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study.

The nationwide data collection for YAFS5 will start in mid-2021.

Suggestions and questions are welcome! Contact us at yafs5.upd@up.edu.ph.

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