Open for submission until 31 August 2022: The consequences of adverse reproductive experiences on later life outcomes

This topical collection seeks contributions that analyse the consequences of adverse (or challenging) reproductive experiences (including, but not limited to, miscarriage, infertility, assisted reproduction and infant health issues/disability) on later life outcomes for the parents, their offspring and for the adults whose pregnancy seeking process did not result in a live birth. Such outcomes include, for example, subsequent fertility transitions, partnership instability, divorce, and physical and mental health. With the postponement of parenthood to later ages observed in many societies over the last decades, reproductive experiences are becoming increasingly diversified and are being pushed towards ages characterized by subfertility, higher levels of pregnancy complications, and adverse health outcomes for parents and their offspring. Yet, we have a limited understanding of adverse reproductive experiences and their long-reaching consequences, possibly encompassing social, demographic, and health outcomes. We welcome submissions that document and describe associations as well as papers that attempt to identify causal effects of adverse reproductive experiences. We particularly welcome papers that attempt to identify individual characteristics and life events that mediate (e.g. divorce) and moderate (e.g. higher socio-economic status) associations between adverse reproductive experiences and later life outcomes. Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality, original work that has neither appeared in, nor is under review at, other journals.

Keywords: Reproductive experiences, Infertility, Disability, Miscarriage, Assisted reproduction, Later life outcomes, Health

The collection is now open for submissions until 31 August 2022.


  • Alice Goisis

    Alice is Associate Professor in Demography at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and Social Research Institute at UCL (UK). Her research interests span a number of substantive areas in social demography and epidemiology. Her current research focuses on studying the effects of assisted reproduction on children and adults’ health and life course trajectories. Alice is currently the PI of an ERC grant and ESRC grant. Research Interests: fertility, advanced maternal age, medically assisted reproduction, health inequalities

  • Nicola Barban

    Nicola is Professor in Demography at the University of Bologna (Italy) and an international co-investigator of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC). He is the Principal investigator of the ERC Consolidator Grant GENPOP: Genes, genealogies and the evolution of demographic change and social inequality. He is the author, together with Melinda Mills and Felix Tropf, of the textbook “An Introduction to Statistical Genetic Analysis” edited by MIT Press. Research Interests: demography, sociogenomics, social interactions, life course analysis, historical demography

  • Nicoletta Balbo

    Nicoletta is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Social and Political Sciences Department, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. She is also Research Fellow at the DONDENA Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy. Between 2019 and 2021 she has been the Secretary of the Italian Association for Population Studies (AISP). Research Interests: sociology of the family, fertility, fertility decision-making, life course, social capital and network, subjective well-being and health behaviors


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