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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155788
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Post Abortion Women: The Long-Term Lived Experience
Abstract:
Post Abortion Women: The Long-Term Lived Experience
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2002
Conference Date:July, 2002
Author:Hess, Rosanna
P.I. Institution Name:Case Western Reserve University
Title:Case Western Reserve University
Purpose: The purpose of this research was to explore the long-term effects in women who had an elective, first trimester, induced abortion, as described by women who went through the event more than five years ago; to learn how each woman has integrated the experience into her life; and to discover the significance of the lived experience for these women. Over 40 million women have had an induced abortion in the United States since legalization in 1973. Little is known about the long-term effects of an abortion in women who experienced the event. Most studies conclude at 2 years post-abortion. Research Design: A qualitative, phenomenological study. Concept Studied: A woman's post abortion life Method: Data collection was conducted, using three open-ended questions during in-depth interviews. These questions were 1) Describe your abortion experience. 2) What effects, positive or negative, did the abortion have on your life? 3) What does the abortion mean to you now? Most of the women were interviewed two times. The second interview was a review of themes that emerged during the first contact. Recruitment was done through self-selection via email, telephone, and personal contacts with the researcher. Sample: Seventeen women told their post abortion stories. They ranged in age from 23 to 60. The abortions occurred in an age range of 14 to 43, with mean age of first abortion at age 24. Mean number of years from first abortion to interview was 19 years. The range of years since abortion was 7 to 31. Six women in the sample had more than one abortion. Twelve had live-birthed children, and six had miscarriages. Their religious affiliations included: Catholic, Jewish, None, Orthodox, Protestant, Results: Using the Streubert and Carpenter procedure of analysis, five major dimensions were found in these women's stories were: Making the Decision, Coping with the Memory, Gaining Perspective, Getting Help, and Recognizing Its Worth. Within these dimensions were twenty themes including: Degrees of Certainty, Keeping a Secret, Uncovering Grief, Religious Beliefs, The Aborted Fetus, The Changing Stages of Womanhood, and Stating Their Opinions. Conclusion: An induced abortion is not a forgotten event but the post abortion experience is a unique journey for each woman. Some women are highly satisfied with their choice. Others experience deep, traumatic effects. Nursing Implications: Nurses are crucial to the promotion of women's health and so need to recognize the effects an abortion may have in order to help post abortion women in the coping and healing processes.

Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
Jul-2002
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePost Abortion Women: The Long-Term Lived Experienceen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155788-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Post Abortion Women: The Long-Term Lived Experience</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July, 2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hess, Rosanna</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Case Western Reserve University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Case Western Reserve University</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">rosannahess@hotmail.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: The purpose of this research was to explore the long-term effects in women who had an elective, first trimester, induced abortion, as described by women who went through the event more than five years ago; to learn how each woman has integrated the experience into her life; and to discover the significance of the lived experience for these women. Over 40 million women have had an induced abortion in the United States since legalization in 1973. Little is known about the long-term effects of an abortion in women who experienced the event. Most studies conclude at 2 years post-abortion. Research Design: A qualitative, phenomenological study. Concept Studied: A woman's post abortion life Method: Data collection was conducted, using three open-ended questions during in-depth interviews. These questions were 1) Describe your abortion experience. 2) What effects, positive or negative, did the abortion have on your life? 3) What does the abortion mean to you now? Most of the women were interviewed two times. The second interview was a review of themes that emerged during the first contact. Recruitment was done through self-selection via email, telephone, and personal contacts with the researcher. Sample: Seventeen women told their post abortion stories. They ranged in age from 23 to 60. The abortions occurred in an age range of 14 to 43, with mean age of first abortion at age 24. Mean number of years from first abortion to interview was 19 years. The range of years since abortion was 7 to 31. Six women in the sample had more than one abortion. Twelve had live-birthed children, and six had miscarriages. Their religious affiliations included: Catholic, Jewish, None, Orthodox, Protestant, Results: Using the Streubert and Carpenter procedure of analysis, five major dimensions were found in these women's stories were: Making the Decision, Coping with the Memory, Gaining Perspective, Getting Help, and Recognizing Its Worth. Within these dimensions were twenty themes including: Degrees of Certainty, Keeping a Secret, Uncovering Grief, Religious Beliefs, The Aborted Fetus, The Changing Stages of Womanhood, and Stating Their Opinions. Conclusion: An induced abortion is not a forgotten event but the post abortion experience is a unique journey for each woman. Some women are highly satisfied with their choice. Others experience deep, traumatic effects. Nursing Implications: Nurses are crucial to the promotion of women's health and so need to recognize the effects an abortion may have in order to help post abortion women in the coping and healing processes.<br/><br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:10:29Z-
dc.date.issued2002-07en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:10:29Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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