Black women who experience pregnancy in the United States often encounter multiple levels of oppression. Their risk for dying from pregnancy complications is three times higher than white women. Black women are also twice as likely as white women to experience infertility and less likely to talk with others about it. The historical and contemporary representations of Black women in media and society have influenced the perceptions and, in many cases, the treatment of Black women. These representations, often rooted in stereotypes, can result in trauma. The body can respond to traumatic events with emotional and physical responses such as headaches and nausea, as well as behavioral and mood changes.
Black-White Differences in Attitudes Related to Pregnancy among Young Women
In this paper we use newly available data from the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life RDSL study to compare a wide range of attitudes related to pregnancy for Black and white young women. We also investigate the extent to which race differences are mediated by, or net of, family background, childhood socioeconomic status, adolescent experiences related to pregnancy, and current socioeconomic status. Black women are less positive, in general, than white women, toward young non-marital sex, contraception, and childbearing, and have less desire for sex in the upcoming year. This is largely because Black women are more religious than white women, and in part because they are more socioeconomically disadvantaged in young adulthood. However, in spite of these less positive attitudes, Black women are more likely to expect sex without contraception in the next year, and to expect more positive consequences if they were to become pregnant, relative to white women. This is largely because, relative to white women, Black women have higher rates of sex without contraception in adolescence, and in part because they are more likely to have grown up with a single parent. It is unclear whether attitudes toward contraception and pregnancy preceded or are a consequence of adolescent sex without contraception.
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