Teen Pregnancy Prevention, LARC Promotion, and Reproductive Justice
By: Emily S. Mann, University of South Carolina
Despite significant declines in the rate of teen pregnancy in the United States since its peak in the early 1990s, it remains widely regarded as a social problem in need of prevention. Efforts to prevent teen pregnancy and by association, teen births, continue to focus on behavior change among youth themselves in lieu of addressing social determinants, such as poverty, or questioning the underlying assumptions that inform such efforts. Furthermore, teen parents’ accounts of their experiences with pregnancy and parenthood are often absent. This talk discusses findings from a multi-sited, mixed-methods study conducted with teen parents, which are placed in conversation with a new approach to teen pregnancy prevention: the promotion of the use of long-acting, reversible contraception (LARC) among young people who are deemed to be especially at-risk for unintended pregnancy. This has significant implications for young people’s reproductive health and rights, and broader concerns with reproductive justice.
About the Speaker:
Emily S. Mann is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina (USC) and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland in 2010. Prior to her position at USC, Dr. Mann was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Mann’s research examines how intersectional social inequalities inform the regulation of young people’s sexual and reproductive practices in a variety of institutional contexts, including health care and education. Her scholarship has been published in journals such as Gender & Society; Culture, Health, & Sexuality; and Sexualities.