Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) [Genesee County, Michigan] Series

The Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) Series aims to investigate the types of romantic relationships that produce early and/or unintended pregnancies. The series is based on a representative sample of 1,003 women aged 18 to 22 residing in Genesee County, Michigan. The research team focused on women ages 18 to 22 because these ages are characterized by the highest rates of unintended pregnancy, as well as significant instability and change in the dynamic determinants of unintended pregnancy. Genesee County, Michigan was selected for the RDSL study due to the significant number of African Americans residing there, and because the area is characterized by significant variation in economic circumstances, allowing the collection of data from poor African Americans, poor Whites, middle-class African Americans, and middle-class Whites within a single geographic area.

Data collection for the baseline survey was conducted March 2008 through July 2009. The baseline survey was followed by a series of three supplemental surveys administered over a two-and-a-half year period between May 2009 and August 2011. The public and highly restricted versions of the Baseline and Supplement Survey and Journal datasets are available as ICPSR 34626. The restricted version of the RDSL Baseline and Supplement Survey data is available as ICPSR 36565.

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2017
Compernolle, Ellen L. Disentangling perceived norms: Predictors of unintended pregnancy during the transition to adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family. 79, (4), 1076-1095.
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2017
Ela, Elizabeth . 'I should be pregnant so many times by now': Reciprocal relationships between perceived pregnancy risk and young women's fertility behaviors. 2017 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. Chicago, IL.
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2017
Ela, Elizabeth J.,  Budnick, Jamie . Non-heterosexuality, relationships, and young women's contraceptive behavior. Demography. 54, (3), 887-909.
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2017
Kusunoki, Yasamin,  Barber, Jennifer S.,  Gatny, Heather H.,  Melendez, Robert . Physical intimate partner violence and contraceptive behaviors among young women. Journal of Women's Health.
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2017
Marshall, Emily,  Shepherd, Hana . Attitudinal change and contraceptive use: Development of shared cultural models of fertility. 2017 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. Chicago, IL.
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2017
Miller, Warren B.,  Barber, Jennifer S.,  Gatny, Heather H. Mediation models of pregnancy desires and unplanned pregnancy in young, unmarried women. Journal of Biosocial Science.
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2017
Moseson Lidow, Heidi Serene . Methodological Innovations in Family Planning Research. University of California, San Francisco.
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2017
Weitzman, Abigail . Young women's desire for sex and the risk of early pregnancy. .
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