New in Women's Health Issues: Study Explores Complex Relationship between Education and Unintended Pregnancy

Women with fewer socioeconomic advantages are more likely to report having unintended pregnancies, but pregnancy intention is a complicated concept. The Editor’s Choice study in the latest issue of the journal Women's Health Issues, “The Best of Intentions: A Structural Analysis of the Association between Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Unintended Pregnancy in a Sample of Mothers from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (1979),” explored the relationship between educational advantage and pregnancy intention. The authors found that women who had greater educational advantages in childhood were actually more likely to report their first births as being unintended after they controlled for race, age at first birth, poverty, and marital status.

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The full text of this Editor’s Choice article is available for free on the Women’s Health Issues website. Editor’s Choice articles from past issues are listed on the Free Editor’s Choice Collection page. Women’s Health Issues is the peer-reviewed journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, which is part of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.