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psc brown bag iconRelationship Dynamics and Contraception: The Role of Seriousness, Instability, and Violence

Yasamin Kusunoki (PSC, U of M)

11/11/2013, at noon in room 6050 ISR-Thompson.

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This talk discusses the role of three dynamic dimensions of relationships - seriousness, instability, and violence - on young women's contraceptive use, consistency of use, and specific contraceptive method used, using new, longitudinal data from a weekly journal-based study of about 1000 18-19 year old women that spans two and half years. The results demonstrate that the type of relationship - casual, dating, serious, cohabiting, etc. - largely determines whether a couple uses contraception. However, the duration of the relationship - the total time together, and the amount of time they have been in that particular relationship type - determines how consistently they use their chosen method. In addition, instability in these relationships - both temporary break-ups and decreases in the level of commitment - affects couples' ability to consistently use contraception, and also leads to the use of less effective methods. Further, violent relationships involve notably less, less consistent, and less effective contraceptive use.


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