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Joyce C. Abma

Demographer, National Center for Health Statistics
Agency: Reproductive Statistics Branch
National Center for Health Statistics
6525 Belcrest Rd., Room 820 Hyattsville, MD 20782-2003
(301) 436-8731, ext. 123
jza2@cdc.gov

ACADEMIC TRAINING:

Ph.D., 1993, Sociology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

  • Dissertation Title: "Transitions to Adulthood Among Young Women: The Sequencing of Nest-Leaving, Marriage, and First Birth"
  • M.A., 1988, Sociology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

    B.A., 1984, Sociology, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio

    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

    1993 to present - Demographer, National Center for Health Statistics

    1993 - Presidential Fellow, The Ohio State University

    1989 to 1993 - Research Assistant, Center for Human Resource Research, The Ohio State University. (National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth)

    1988 to 1989 - Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University

    1988 - Research Assistant, "The Hispanic Immigrant Context and Housing Market Conditions: A Comparison of Anglo and Hispanic Populations", The Ohio State University.

    1987 - Research Assistant, "The Impact of Technology on Work Organization and Work Outcomes.", The Ohio State University

    1986 - Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University.

    Since 1993, Joyce Abma has worked as a demographer for the National Center for Health Statistics. Her activities are concentrated on a periodic survey on the reproductive health and behavior of U.S. women: the National Survey of Family Growth. She has conducted research and prepared and presented reports on the fertility and fertility-related behavior of U.S. women, on such topics as the sexual behavior of teenagers in the United States; non-voluntary sexual intercourse among young women; unintended pregnancies; prenatal risk behaviors among young women; and relinquishment of non-marital births for adoption.

    Part of a team responsible for designing, implementing, and disseminating data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), she has been involved in questionnaire design, fieldwork monitoring, data file preparation, and analysis of Cycle 5 of the NSFG, which took place in 1995. The NSFG is a principal source of estimates of sexual activity of women of reproductive age. It allows examination of trends in levels of sexual activity of teens over more than two decades. She has been analyzing and reporting on the data on sexual activity of teenage women, including new data in the 1995 survey on nonvoluntary first intercourse, characteristics of male sexual partners of teens, and the number of male sexual partners teenage women have had. She is also involved in research comparing sexual activity and contraceptive use estimates across national surveys.

    PERTINENT RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

    1998 Abma, Joyce, Anne Driscoll, and Kristin Moore, "Young Women’s Degrees of Control over First Intercourse: An Exploratory Analysis,", Family Planning Perspectives, 30(1).

    1997 Abma, Joyce, Anjani Chandra, William Mosher, Linda Peterson, and Linda Piccinino, "Fertility, family planning, and women’s health: New data from the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth," National Center for Health Statistics. Vital and Health Statistics 23(19).

    (forthcoming) Abma, Joyce, "Sexual Behavior of Teenagers in the United States," in R. Weissberg, C. Kuster, O. Reyes, and H. Walberg, (Eds.), Trends in the Well-Being of Children and Youth, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


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