Holding Hands


a RDSL Research Topic

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.

Funding Support

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

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

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

A Systems Science Approach to Understanding Sexual Risk Behavior In Young Women
R03HD077011. NICHD. 2013-2014. $100,000. Sara Vasilenko, PI.

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

Related Publications

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.

Barber, Jennifer, Elizabeth Ela, Heather Gatny, Yasamin Kusunoki, S Fakih, Peter Batra, and Karen Farris. 2018. "Contraceptive Desert? Race Differences in Young Women’s Access to Pharmacies."

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