Are women who have abortions differant from those who do not? Secondary analysis of the 1990 national survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyles


Barrett, G., Peacock, J.L. and Victor, C.R. (1998) Are women who have abortions differant from those who do not? Secondary analysis of the 1990 national survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyles. Public Health, 112, (13), 157-163. (doi:10.1038/sj.ph.1900453).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.ph.1900453

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Studies of women undergoing termination of a pregnancy are often used to make recommendations about family planning and health education policy. However, it is not clear how similar the women in these studies are to the general population of women of childbearing age. Our secondary analysis of the National Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles Survey allowed us to test the hypothesis that women who have undergone an abortion are the same as those who have not (in terms of socio-demographic characteristics, lifestyles, and attitudes). Our findings show significant differences between these two groups of women, particularly regarding ethnicity, marital status, number of natural children, lifetime number of sexual partners, and attitudes to abortion. We conclude that family planning/reproductive health services and health education policies need to take these differences into account and that further research is required to explain why these differences arise.

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Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Community Clinical Sciences
ePrint ID: 72832
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:51
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/72832

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