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Dynamic Measures of Pregnancy Intentions and Subsequent Pregnancy

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Jennifer S. Barber, Yasamin Kusunoki

Although teen pregnancy rates have fluctuated in recent years, they remain high. Understanding pregnancy desires is fundamentally important for reducing teen pregnancy, as is understanding what links desires and subsequent pregnancy. This project significantly improves upon prior research in its conceptualization, measurement, and identification of pregnancy desires and their correspondence to later pregnancy. Using a unique data set from the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life study (RDSL) – which surveyed 18- and 19-year old women over 2.5 years – the investigators analyze multiple measures of pregnancy desire and their trajectories, and estimate their differential effects on pregnancy risk among these young women.

Funding Period: 04/23/2014 to 03/31/2016

Project website: https://rdsl.psc.isr.umich.edu/

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