The Prime Ministry’s General Directorate for Family and Social Research has announced its findings from a longitudinal study of Turkish adolescents from 2008 to 2010 [“Adolescent Profile in Turkey”; the 2008 study is here (thanks, Emre). Click here for a news account]. Only 50.8 percent of survey respondents reported having friends of both sexes. The ratio of respondents who did not approve of friendship between opposite sexes was 22 percent, while 78 percent supported such friendships. When asked about intercourse before marriage, the majority was against the practice. Fully 85.3 percent of teenagers reported that they did not believe in premarital sex; the remaining 14.7 percent reported that they did not view premarital sex as a problem.
When teenagers have a problem, 44.2 percent consult their mothers, 20 percent talk to their friends, 9 percent open up to their fathers and 6.1 percent talk to no one….
30 percent of adolescents … stated they had an “idol”… Nearly the entire list consisted of singers and football players, with politicians, scientists and writers at the bottom. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, was below popular singer Gökhan Özen and all-girl pop band Grup Hepsi.
The average life span in Turkey has risen from 70.9 years to 73.7 years between 2003 and 2009. The average lifespan of a Turkish woman increased from 73.4 to 76.1 years while the numbers for men rose from 68.6 to 71.5.
Between 2003 and 2009, infant mortality rate decreased from 25.6 to 20.5 per 1,000 live births.
Education statistics: attendance for the first eight grades was 91 percent in school year 2002/2003, increased to 96.5 percent in 2008/2009. High school attendance was 50.4 percent in 2002/2003, increased to 58.5 percent in 2008/2009. Postsecondary education rose from 14.7 percent in 2002/2003 to 27.7 percent in 2009.