University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service faculty member Nichola Driver’s research article with Cynthia M. Cready from the University of North Texas titled, “Nativity/language, neighborhoods, and teen pregnancy norms among U.S. Hispanics,” will be published in the forthcoming peer-reviewed journal Women & Health.
Additionally, a recently published course reader, “Sociology of Health and Wellness: An Applied Approach,” was co-authored by Driver.
“The research article with Dr. Cready is the culmination of five years of work surrounding the immigrant health advantage and its applicability to reproductive health, which was a major focus of my dissertation,” Driver said. “With the course reader, Dr. Cheun and I aimed to provide something innovative for our own courses that we weren’t finding anywhere else. These two publications represent a piece of the research and publishing agenda that I am excited to bring to my new position at the Clinton School.”
Driver’s research with Cready for Women & Health examines the relation of nativity, language, and neighborhood context to pregnancy norms among Hispanic teens in the United States. The study uses data from a sample of 972 Hispanic females and 960 Hispanic males from Waves I and II (1994-1996) of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health collected in 80 high schools and 52 middle schools across the country.
Women & Health is widely accepted as a standard reference for women’s health specialists and contains information useful to researchers, policy planners, and all providers of health care for women.
“Sociology of Health and Wellness: An Applied Approach” takes the study of sociology of health and illness to the next level by inspiring students to connect the dots between theory, policy, and practice. The anthology provides students with applied examples of theoretical concepts which encourages them to challenge the status quo and, in doing so, transform and advance the healthcare industry.
Driver, who earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Texas and master’s degree in sociology from UA Little Rock, teaches Field Research Methods and Program Evaluation at the Clinton School. Her research areas include reproductive health disparities, health policy, and program evaluation and methods.