pregnant women

Pregnancy Desires

a RDSL Research Topic

In the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life Study (RDSL), 95% of 18- and 19-year-olds report a strong desire to avoid pregnancy in the baseline interview. Yet, 233 (24%) reported a pregnancy over the next 2.5 years. We are using RDSL data to further our understanding of young women's desires for pregnancy, which is fundamentally important for reducing unintended pregnancy.

Funding Support

Population Research Infrastructure Support
R24HD041028. NICHD. 2016 Jeffery Morenoff, PI.

Social Science Training in Population Studies
T32HD007339. NICHD. 2016. Jeffery Morenoff, PI.

Dynamic Measures of Pregnancy Intentions and Subsequent Pregnancy
R03HD077051. NICHD. 2014-2016. $100,000. Jennifer Barber, PI.

Distal Determinants of Race-Ethnic Variation in Unintended Fertility
R01HD078412. NICHD. 2014-2018. $425,000. Karen Guzzo, PI.

A Comparison of Attitudes, Intentions, and Behaviors of Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Young Women: Evidence from the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) Study
Population Studies Center, University of Michigan, Freedman Fund. 2012-2013. $9000. Yasamin Kusunoki, PI.

Young Women's Relationships, Contraception, and Unintended Pregnancy
R01HD050329. NICHD. 2007-2012. ~$2 million. Jennifer Barber, PI.

Related Publications

Miller, Warren B., Jennifer Barber, and Paul Schulz. 2016. "Do Perceptions of Their Partners Affect Young Women’s Pregnancy Risk? Further Study of Ambivalence." Population Studies 70(3):1-16.

Miller, Warren B., Jennifer Barber, and Heather Gatny. 2013. "The Effects of Ambivalent Fertility Desires on Pregnancy Risk in Young Women in the USA." Population Studies 67(1):25-38.

Moreau, Caroline, Kelli Stidham Hall, James Trussell, and Jennifer Barber. 2013. "Effect of Prospectively Measured Pregnancy Intentions on the Consistency of Contraceptive Use among Young Women in Michigan." Human Reproduction 28(3):642-650.

Barber, Jennifer, Yasamin Kusunoki, Paul Schulz, and Heather Gatny. 2016. "Effects of Intensive Longitudinal Data Collection on Pregnancy and Contraceptive Use." International Journal of Social Research Methodology 19(2):205-222.

Ela, Elizabeth. 2018. "I should be pregnant so many times by now: Reciprocal influence of fertility behaviors and subjective pregnancy risk."

Weitzman, Abigail, and Jennifer Barber. 2018. "Latent Trajectories of Pregnancy Desires."

Barber, Jennifer, Yasamin Kusunoki, Sarah R. Hayford, and Karen B. Guzzo. 2018. "Intimate Relationships and Changing Desire for Pregnancy in Young Adulthood."

Barber, Jennifer, Warren B. Miller, and Paul Schulz. 2018. "Young Women’s Perceptions of their Partners’ Pregnancy Desires: Influences on Early Pregnancy."

Barber, Jennifer, Abigail Weitzman, Warren B. Miller, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Robert Melendez. 2018. "Changes in Young Women’s Desire for Pregnancy during the Transition to Adulthood."

Barber, Jennifer. 2018. "Race Differences in the Link between Pregnancy Desire and Pregnancy in Young Adulthood."