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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158584
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Long-Term Post-Abortion Experience
Abstract:
The Long-Term Post-Abortion Experience
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Hess, Rosanna
P.I. Institution Name:Case Western Reserve University
Title:Case Western Reserve University
Contact Address:Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44106-4904, USA
Contact Telephone:330.923.2897
Problem: Over 40 million women in the United States have had an induced abortion since legalization in 1973. Little is known about the long-term effects of an abortion in the women who have experienced this event. Most studies done with post-abortive women conclude at two years post-abortion. Purpose: The purpose of this research was to explore the long-term effects in women who had an elective, first trimester, induced abortion. These effects were 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 those women. Research Design: A qualitative, phenomenological study was conducted, using three open-ended interview questions and additional probing questions. Recruitment was done via email, telephone, personal contacts and third party referrals. Participants were self-selected. Sample: Seventeen women were interviewed. At the time of the interview they ranged in age from 23 to 60. The abortions occurred in a range of 14 to 43 years of age, with an average of 19 years post-event at the time of the interview. Results: Using the Streubert and Carpenter Step-By Step analysis, four major themes emerged from these seventeen women's stories. They were "Making the Decision", "Coping with the Memory", "Moving Along", and "Gaining Perspective". An abortion is not a forgotten event. The post abortion experience is a different journey for each woman. Some women were highly satisfied with their experience. Others lived with traumatic effects. Nursing Implications: Nurses are crucial in the promotion of women's health. They need to recognize the long-term effects an abortion may have in order to help post-abortive women in the coping and healing processes.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Long-Term Post-Abortion Experienceen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158584-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Long-Term Post-Abortion Experience</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">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-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44106-4904, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">330.923.2897 </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">Problem: Over 40 million women in the United States have had an induced abortion since legalization in 1973. Little is known about the long-term effects of an abortion in the women who have experienced this event. Most studies done with post-abortive women conclude at two years post-abortion. Purpose: The purpose of this research was to explore the long-term effects in women who had an elective, first trimester, induced abortion. These effects were 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 those women. Research Design: A qualitative, phenomenological study was conducted, using three open-ended interview questions and additional probing questions. Recruitment was done via email, telephone, personal contacts and third party referrals. Participants were self-selected. Sample: Seventeen women were interviewed. At the time of the interview they ranged in age from 23 to 60. The abortions occurred in a range of 14 to 43 years of age, with an average of 19 years post-event at the time of the interview. Results: Using the Streubert and Carpenter Step-By Step analysis, four major themes emerged from these seventeen women's stories. They were &quot;Making the Decision&quot;, &quot;Coping with the Memory&quot;, &quot;Moving Along&quot;, and &quot;Gaining Perspective&quot;. An abortion is not a forgotten event. The post abortion experience is a different journey for each woman. Some women were highly satisfied with their experience. Others lived with traumatic effects. Nursing Implications: Nurses are crucial in the promotion of women's health. They need to recognize the long-term effects an abortion may have in order to help post-abortive women in the coping and healing processes.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:11:59Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:11:59Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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