The Paradox of Unintended Pregnancy: Why Do So Many Young Women Who Say They Don’t Want to Get Pregnant Get Pregnant Anyway?

A PSC Brown Bag Seminar

Jennifer S. Barber

Monday, 09/19/2016, 12:00 pm.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: 6050 ISR - Thompson

The Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) project, an NICHD-funded intensive longitudinal data collection project. The RDSL collected weekly data on 1,000 18- and 19-year-old women for 2.5 years, along with semi-structured interview data, observational data, and administrative data. The RDSL study includes measures of attitudes, relationship characteristics, and contraceptive practices that affect early and/or unintended pregnancy. This talk focuses on two questions: (1) Are unintended pregnancies really unintended? (Or are these measures not very meaningful?) (2) How do stated pregnancy desires relate to subsequent behavior?

PSC Brown Bag seminars highlight recent research in population studies and serve as a focal point for building our research community.

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