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The psychology of abortion: A review and suggestions for future research

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The literature base pertaining to abortion decision-making and adjustment has grown substantially since legalization of abortion in the U.S. 30 years ago. However, the available research has suffered from various theoretical and methodological shortcomings and the findings do not seem to do justice to the complexity of abortion experiences among women residing in a cultural context that continues to exhibit intense conflict over the legality and morality of abortion. The purpose of this review is to summarize previous research, offer suggestions for improving the quality of work on the topic of abortion, and to highlight specific content areas holding considerable promise for enhancing our understanding of the risks and benefits of abortion.
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Keywords: Abortion; decision-making; ecological framework; methodological innovation; post abortion adjustment

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Human Development and Family Studies, 16F Family and Consumer Sciences Building, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, USA 2: Elliot Institute, P.O Box 7348, Springfield, IL 62791-7348, USA 3: Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change, Suite 500, 419 Seventh Street, Washington, DC 20004, USA 4: Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders, Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712, USA

Publication date: 2005-04-01

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