Investigating the connections between contraceptive care experiences and unmet sexual and reproductive healthcare needs
Awarded 2023
Emerging Scholars in Family Planning
Elizabeth Anderson, MA, MS
Indiana University

Elizabeth M. Anderson (she/hers) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington and a NICHD Predoctoral Fellow. She holds master’s degrees in sociology and applied statistics. As a medical sociologist, she uses mixed methods to investigate how social and institutional forces shape both the provision and utilization of health services, with a focus on contraception, abortion, and other types of sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH). The Emerging Scholars Award will support the qualitative portion of her dissertation, which combines survey data from the Person to Person (P2P) Health Interview Study alongside ten years of electronic health records and 42 in-depth interviews with reproductive-aged women in the P2P sample. Using semi-structured interviews, she will investigate how experiences with contraceptive care shape subsequent decisions to engage in broader forms of SRH, such as annual exams, consultations for sexual dysfunction, etc. Given that the majority of women who have ever been sexually active will use at least one form of prescribed contraception at some point in their lives, articulating the pathways through which experiences with contraceptive care are associated with unmet need for SRH will advance our greater understanding of the barriers that people face in accessing SRH.