Getting to Know ISR: Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) study

a Seminar

Jennifer S. Barber

Thursday, 3/23/2017, 3:00pm to 4:00pm.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: room 6050 ISR, 426 Thompson St, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104

Refreshments Provided.

The Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) study was designed to investigate the processes leading to unintended pregnancy during the transition to adulthood. The RDSL data document detailed changes in young women's behaviors across many domains of social life that occur rapidly in early adulthood, including intimate relationships, sexual behavior, and contraceptive use. The data include both prospective (before pregnancy) and retrospective (after pregnancy) measures of pregnancy desires and intentions, as well as young women's perceptions of their partners' desires for pregnancy, collected weekly throughout the study period. The data also include many measures of attitudes related to pregnancy.

Related Material:

RDSL website


Jennifer Barber, Professor of Sociology, and Research Professor, PSC & SRC, conducts research at the intersection of family sociology, demography, and social psychology, with a focus on teen pregnancy. Barber also recently completed a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellowship, a mid-career opportunity to immerse herself in a practice setting - in this case a teen pregnancy prevention center in Detroit and a Planned Parenthood clinic in southeastern

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