CitationTabler, 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.
AbstractThere 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.
Keyword(s)pregnancy eating disorders reproductive health
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book TitleAnnual Meeting of the Population Association of America
Series TitleFertility, family planning, sexual behavior, and reproductive health 1