CANCELLED – MPSDS and the JPSM Seminar Series: Quality of Abortion Reporting in the US and Pathways to Improvement
This event has been CANCELLED and will not be rescheduled.
Laura Lindberg, Guttmacher Institute
Wednesday, February 16
12pm to 1pm
Despite the fact that an estimated one in five pregnancies in the United States end in induced abortion, abortion remains a highly sensitive, stigmatized and thus difficult-to-measure behavior. I will present on a body of recent research designed to help to develop new techniques and improve existing methodologies for measuring abortion reporting. First, I share a series of quantitative analyses to identify the scope and correlates of abortion underreporting for three of the most commonly used national fertility surveys in the United States: the National Survey of Family Growth, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. These analyses informed the development of new question designs were explored in cognitive interviews and experimentally tested and evaluated in a national survey. Abortion underreporting in population surveys has far-reaching implications for research in sexual and reproductive health and maternal and child health.