Age at first birth and parity in early adulthood of young women with eating disorder psychopathology: Does methodological approach shape women’s health research outcomes?

Citation

Tabler, Jennifer & Schmitz, Rachel (2018). Age at first birth and parity in early adulthood of young women with eating disorder psychopathology: Does methodological approach shape women's health research outcomes?. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. Denver, CO.

Abstract

There is a well-documented link between eating disorders (ED) and adverse physical health outcomes, such as fertility difficulties. These studies, however, rely largely on clinical data, which may limit our understanding of the associations between ED or disordered eating behaviors (DEB) and female fertility. Using two longitudinal data sources, clinical and population-based data through the Utah Population Database (UPDB), and non-clinical, nationally-representative data through the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Young Adult Health (Add Health), we assess associations between ED psychopathology, age at first birth and parity (number of births) of women to illustrate the influence of methodological approaches. Women with ED within the UPDB sample experienced later ages of first birth and lower parity, while women with self-reported DEBs within the Add Health sample experienced earlier age of first birth and higher parity. We illustrate how methodology can shape inferences made about women’s reproductive health.

URL

https://paa.confex.com/paa/2018/webprogrampreliminary/Paper19837.html

Keyword(s)

pregnancy eating disorders reproductive health

Reference Type

Conference proceeding

Book Title

Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America

Series Title

Fertility, family planning, sexual behavior, and reproductive health 1

Author(s)

Tabler, Jennifer
Schmitz, Rachel

Year Published

2018

City of Publication

Denver, CO

Reference ID

9370