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Intimate Relationships

a RDSL Research Topic

Understanding the characteristics and dynamics of relationships formed during the transition to adulthood is central to understanding young women's risk of unintended pregnancy. We are using RDSL data to describe intimate relationship characteristics and patterns, and to identify the types of intimate relationships that are associated with 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 Patterns of Relationship Violence among Young Women
Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, Faculty Seed Grant. 2015. $10,000. Yasamin Kusunoki, PI.

Relationship Violence: The Role of Dynamic Relationship Processes
Population Studies Center, University of Michigan, Brown Fund. 2013-2014. $7000. Yasamin Kusunoki, 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

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.

Chang, Tammy, Matthew Davis, Yasamin Kusunoki, Elizabeth Ela, and Jennifer Barber. 2015. "Sexual Behavior and Contraceptive Use among 18- to 19-Year-Old Adolescent Women by Weight Status: A Longitudinal Analysis." Journal of Pediatrics 167(3):586-592.

Hall, Kelli Stidham, Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather Gatny, and Jennifer Barber. 2014. "Stress Symptoms and Frequency of Sexual Intercourse among Young Women." Journal of Sexual Medicine 11(8):1982-1990.

Barber, Jennifer, Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather Gatny, and Jennifer Eckerman Yarger. 2013. "Young Women’s Relationships, Contraception and Unintended Pregnancy in the United States." Pp. 121-140 in Fertility Rates and Population Decline: No Time for Children?, Palgrave Macmillan.

Barber, Jennifer, Morgan Purrier, and Yasamin Kusunoki. 2018. "Attitudes Predicting Time to First Sex."

Kusunoki, Yasamin. 2018. "Relationship Dynamics and Contraception during Emerging Adulthood: The Role of Seriousness and Instability."

Kusunoki, Yasamin, Abigail Weitzman, Morgan Purrier, and Jennifer Barber. 2018. "Partner and Relationship Characteristics and Time to First Sex."

Weitzman, Abigail, and Jennifer Barber. 2018. "Relationship Churning and Sexual Concurrency during the Transition to Adulthood."

Weitzman, Abigail, and Yasamin Kusunoki. 2018. "Relationship Dynamics and Dissolution After Having Sex with ‘Other’ People."

Weitzman, Abigail. 2018. "Young Women’s Sexual Desires and Sexual Behavior."

Weitzman, Abigail, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Jennifer Barber. 2018. "Neighborhood Violence and the Relationship Dynamics of Young Adults."

Purrier, Morgan, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Jennifer Barber. 2018. "Friend and Parent Influences on Time to First Sex in Relationships."

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

Barber, Jennifer, Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather Gatny, and Robert Melendez. 2017. "The Relationship Context of Early Pregnancy." Law & Inequality 35(2):175-197.