CitationGarcia, Ginny; Wilkinson, Lindsey; & Thompson, Melissa (2018). Criminal justice contact and long-term contraceptive use among US women. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. Denver, CO.
AbstractWomen comprise a growing percentage of those arrested in the U.S. and often come into contact with the criminal justice system during peak reproductive years. Evidence suggests criminal justice system contact may lead to contraception use, particularly the use of long acting reversible contraception (LARCs). Other research suggests any association between criminal justice system contact and type of contraceptive use is due to selection: women with arrest histories have characteristics associated with greater use of LARCs. We examine how contraceptive method is patterned on the basis of criminal justice contact using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health). Preliminary findings indicate that while women with arrest histories are less likely to use any type of contraception, they are more likely to use long-acting versus short-term methods of birth control, even after controlling for demographic characteristics.
Keyword(s)criminal justice contact delinquency long-acting reversible contraception LARC contraception birth control
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book TitleAnnual Meeting of the Population Association of America
Series TitleFertility, family planning, sexual behavior, and reproductive health 1