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The University of Southampton
Economic, Social and Political Sciences

The Changing Context of Contraceptive Choice across the Reproductive Life Course in the USA and Britain Seminar

Social Statistics and Demography
15:00 - 16:00
19 January 2017
Building 58, Room 1065

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Centre for Population Change on 023 8059 4080 or email .

Event details

A Centre for Population Change Seminar

Abstract: The association between early and unintended childbearing and women's socioeconomic standing has been of longstanding interest to social scientists. Recent policy discussions emphasize the potential for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to reduce poverty and inequality. Our understanding of social-class disparities in LARC use, however, remains limited. In particular, although the context of contraceptive decision-making varies across the reproductive life course, little work directly considers how the context of contraceptive choice varies for the time before a first birth occurs (childbearing “starters”), the time between births (childbearing “spacers”), and the time after the end of intended childbearing (childbearing “limiters”). We address this omission using recent survey data from the United States (National Survey of Family Growth) and Britain (National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles). We consider our findings in light of ongoing policy discussions about the potential for LARCs to reduce inequality and poverty among disadvantaged women and children.

Speaker information

Professor Megan Sweeney , UCLA, Social Sciences Division. My research centers broadly on the nature, determinants, and consequences of trends and differentials in family patterns. I am particularly interested in the economic underpinnings of family life.

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