The Reproductive Health Program supports behavioral and social science research on all aspects of reproductive health including pregnancy and disease prevention, contraception, and sexuality, with particular emphasis on population representative samples.
Specific topics of interest include social, institutional, economic, and cultural factors and contexts that affect sexual behaviors and reproductive/disease outcomes, and the processes through which such effects operate; interrelationships between pregnancy prevention and disease prevention; and consequences of sexual behaviors and related aspects of reproductive health for individual well-being, interpersonal relationships, reproductive outcomes, and the well-being of families, communities, and society. (Also see program areas on Family Demography and Fertility, Infertility, Adoption, and Kinship.)
The Program also supports studies of behaviors related to the risk of unwanted pregnancy/birth and sexually transmitted diseases (e.g., onset and trajectories of sexual activity, contraceptive use, and sexual partnerships; partnership dynamics and characteristics, including partner selection and the negotiation of protected sex; contraceptive use dynamics and effectiveness; and unintended, mistimed, and unwanted pregnancies and their outcomes).
Contact: Dr. Susan Newcomer