TEENAGE girls were very ill-informed about contraception despite their liberal attitude towards sex, a recent survey on teenage pregnancy revealed. The study, conducted by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups from December 1994 to March 1995, adopted a case-study approach and interviewed 25 pregnant teenagers aged under 18, six parents and eight social workers. Among the 25 pregnant girls, almost half had their first sexual experience at the age of 14 and five have had two or even more sexual partners over the last three months before pregnancy. Despite their active sex life, the girls' knowledge and awareness of contraception was inadequate. Sixty per cent of the girls said they had never used contraception before. Eleven they never discussed it with their boyfriends and did not know whether their boyfriends would mind using contraception. The study revealed that the girls did not feel guilty about their early sex life and did not intend to change their sexual behaviour even after their marriage. Twenty-one of them thought that pre-marital sex was all right as long as there was affection and love. Eleven said most of their peers had sex before the age of 16. After the girls found out that they were pregnant, most were hesitant to tell their parents. Only two out of the 25 teenagers informed their parents immediately after they found out. Twenty attempted to hide it from their families and six kept their parents in the dark. The girls were unwilling to tell their parents because they were worried about their reactions. Over half of the girls feared that they would be reprimanded by their parents and some were worried that their parents would interfere with their decision to have an abortion. Statistics from the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong showed that the number of young women aged under 26 seeking termination of pregnancy has gone up from 911 in 1991 to 1,740 in 1994. The number of cases seeking contraceptive help after sexual involvement has also increased from 590 to 1,060 over the four years. The study revealed that teenage pregnancy was not a lower social class problem but a general phenomenon that was becoming more serious in the territory. However, the federation pointed out that no comprehensive study had been done to look into the issue. It was suggested in the report that detailed research be conducted to yield reliable statistics in order to come up with solutions and policies to this growing social problem. The report also suggested that an in-depth study on the law concerning underage sex be carried out. Moreover, sex education at school should be strengthened and counselling services such as medical and hotline services be upgraded.