Which Young Adults Are More Likely To Use Withdrawal? The Importance of Pregnancy Attitudes And Sexual Pleasure | Duke Kunshan University
Which Young Adults Are More Likely To Use Withdrawal? The Importance of Pregnancy Attitudes And Sexual Pleasure
Speaker: 
Yu Wang

Assistant Professor of Social Science at Duke Kunshan University

Mar 22nd 2019 12:00 to 13:00
Room 2107, Academic Building
Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 17:15

Summary of talk:     

Use of withdrawal (coitus interruptus) has consequences for reproductive health, but few nationally representative studies exist. Using data from the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth, we (1) examined patterns of withdrawal among 15- to 24-year-old women and men, and (2) explored withdrawal's associations with sociodemographic, psychological, and sexual factors. The study found that, at their last sexual episode, a greater proportion of young adults used withdrawal in conjunction with other methods than by itself. The psychological and sexual variables of orientation toward pregnancy and attitudes about condoms and pleasure were more strongly linked with withdrawal practices than most sociodemographic variables.

Brief Biography:

Yu Wang is an Assistant Professor of Social Science at Duke Kunshan University. She received her BS and MS in Sociology from Renmin University and her MS and PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017). Her research focuses on the role of intermarriage and individual achievement as pathways to social mobility in China during a period of rapid economic, social, and demographic change. The second line of her research focuses on sexuality and reproductive behavior in the US. She currently studies the interaction between demographic changes and assortative mating in contemporary China. Her articles have appeared in journals, such as Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, American Journal of Public Health, and Contraception.