, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 593–602 | Cite as

Employment and the Use of Birth Control by Sexually Active Single Hispanic, Black, and White Women

  • Joan Marie Kraft
  • James E. Coverdill
Contexts of U.S. Fertility Behavior


Previous studies of the use of birth control by sexually active single women tend to emphasize family background and aspirations, and restrict their attention to teenagers. We elaborate this framework by considering how labor market experiences might shape the birth control practices of women in their late teens and twenties. Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Labor Force Experiences — Youth Cohort provide evidence that employment histories and wages influence birth control practices, net of the effects of family background, aspirations, and educational attainment. Several pronounced racial and ethnic differences are found.


White Woman Family Background Hispanic Woman Single Woman Contraceptive Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joan Marie Kraft
    • 1
  • James E. Coverdill
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Research on Deviance and Behavioral Health Institute for Behavioral ResearchUniversity of GeorgiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens

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