Black women's unintended pregnancy rate is 2.4 times higher than white (non-Hispanic) women's. Some of this difference is due to socioeconomic differences -- for example, the unintended pregnancy rate of women whose incomes are below the poverty line is more than 5 times higher than that of women whose incomes are at least 200% of the poverty line. We are using RDSL data to investigate the underlying mechanisms -- attitudes, intimate relationships, and contraceptive use -- driving these differences in unintended pregnancy among young adults.
The Dynamics of Intimate Relationships and their Dissolution during Young Adulthood.
R03-HD099277. NICHD. 2020-2022. $100,000. Jennifer Barber, PI.
Distal Determinants of Race-Ethnic Variation in Unintended Fertility
R01HD078412. NICHD. 2014-2018. $425,000. Karen Guzzo, PI.
Young Women's Relationships, Contraception, and Unintended Pregnancy
R01HD050329. NICHD. 2007-2012. ~$2 million. Jennifer Barber, PI.
Barber, Jennifer, Karen B. Guzzo, Jamie Budnick, Sarah R. Hayford, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Warren B. Miller. 2020 (forthcoming). "Black-White Differences in Pregnancy Desire during the Transition to Adulthood." Demography.
Barber, Jennifer, Elizabeth Ela, Heather Gatny, Yasamin Kusunoki, Souhiela Fakih, Peter Batra, and Karen Farris. 2020. "Contraceptive Desert? Black-White Differences in Characteristics of Nearby Pharmacies." Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities 6(4):719-732.
Kusunoki, Yasamin, Jennifer Barber, Elizabeth Ela, and A. Bucek. 2016. "Black-White Differences in Sex and Contraceptive Use Among Young Women." Demography 53(5):1399-1428.
Barber, Jennifer, Jennifer Eckerman Yarger, and Heather Gatny. 2015. "Black-White Differences in Attitudes Related to Pregnancy." Demography 52(3):751-786.