There is also a strong history of reproductive abuse in the United States, and it is particularly relevant to Black women. Because children are viewed as an attainable path to stability for the women themselves, and, they hope, for the fathers, they are valued and sought Burton ; Edin and Kefalas Limitations The present study has important limitations. More importantly, this statistical portrait of Black-white differences in attitudes ignores much of the nuance inherent in each of these concepts. For instance, the negative effects of having a mother with a high school diploma or less or of receiving public assistance during childhood or at age 18—19 on consistency of contraceptive use were greater for whites than blacks. Barber, University of Michigan.
We restrict our analyses to the first 12 months of the study, when response rates were highest.
Black-White Differences in Sex and Contraceptive Use Among Young Women
In addition, Black-white differences in attitudes may be attributed to differences in union formation, particularly lower marriage rates among Black women. Lifetime inheritances of three generations of whites and blacks. Employment during the transition to adulthood may also indicate lower investment in a future career, which may translate into less desire to avoid pregnancy, especially if employment improves the affordability of having a baby. Black and white women are similar in terms of expectations for family support. The RDSL study began with a representative random, population-based sample of 1, young women, ages 18—19, residing in a single Michigan county. The present study has important limitations.