The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Disability-related Disparities in Sex Education, Contraceptive Use and Unintended Pregnancy  (Maternal and Child Health  (MCH) Field Initiated Research Program)

We are conducting the first-ever national investigation of sex education, contraceptive use and unintended pregnancy among US women with disabilities. Our goal is to assess whether there are significant differences in sex education, contraceptive use and pregnancy intention between women with and without disabilities and among women with cognitive, sensory, independent-living and physical disabilities.

Grant Number: #R40MC307540100


We are comparing the prevalence of formal and informal sex education among women with disabilities overall and among women with different types of disabilities compared to those without disabilities. We are also comparing the disability-related disparities in the prevalence and types of contraceptive use and the prevalence of unintended pregnancy. Finally we are examining the predictors of unintended pregnancy among women with disabilities. Predictors include formal and informal sex education, contraceptive use, non-voluntary sex, socio-demographic characteristics and risk behaviors. To address these three aims, we are using data from the 2011-13 and 2013-15 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), which is the primary US survey for producing national estimates of reproductive intentions and behaviors.

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