Role of depression in women’s contraceptive choices
Awarded 2021
Emerging Scholars in Family Planning
Izidora Skračić, MA
University of Maryland

Izidora (Izzie) Skračić is a PhD candidate in Maternal and Child Health, whose research focuses on reproductive health. As a member of the evaluation team of Delaware Contraceptive Access Now, her dissertation explores various facets of access to contraception. Additionally, Izidora teaches a 300-level course, “Unequal Families: Health, Wealth, Race, and Place in the U.S.,” which aligns with her passion for issues of equality and equity. She recently completed an internship with the National Academy of Social Insurance, resulting in a report on accessing long-term services and supports through Medicaid. Prior to attending the University of Maryland, Izidora worked at the European Parliament in Brussels, and she managed a longitudinal cohort study investigating adolescent antiretroviral adherence in South Africa. She holds master’s degrees in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Action from Central European University and Uppsala University. Due to the stigma and burden of having a mental illness, women who suffer from depression face disproportionate challenges in adopting and maintaining habits that prevent health risks. Izidora’s project seeks to explore the perceptions of female participants who have experienced depression, and how it has specifically impacted their family planning behaviors, desires, and experiences. In particular, she aims to examine the processes by which women’s current and/or past experiences of depression may contribute to contraceptive behaviors that are incongruent with their fertility desires. The study is based on in-depth qualitative interviews with a diverse group of female participants visiting low-cost family planning or mental health clinics in the Washington, D.C. area.