3149.0 Abortion through women's eyes

Monday, November 9, 2009: 10:30 AM
This session examines issues related to abortion access and utilization with a focus on client perspective and need. The first presentation will explore a global assessment of values clarification and attitude transformation (VCAT) workshops that included entries from an organizational training database, staff interviews, and workshop surveys on participants' abortion-related knowledge, comfort levels, values and behavioral intentions. Following abortion, women experience a range of emotions; how they vary by demographic and socioeconomic factors is unknown. The second presentation highlights how data from a counseling needs assessment provide insight into differences in abortion attitudes, emotions, and anticipated coping. Abortion self-induction has recently gained attention in the US, but little is known about this practice in this country. The third presentation will discuss the results of 25 in-depth interviews with women in San Francisco, Boston, and New York City, to understand their motivations and experiences with self-induction. Finally, the fourth presentation will explore abortion related stigma. Findings will be presented from a large quantitative study as well as in-depth interviews that seek to understand the relationship between perceived abortion-related stigma and disclosure about abortion.
Session Objectives: 1) Describe abortion values clarification and attitude transformation interventions and results. 2) Describe the use of needs assessment forms to assess women’s counseling needs. 3) List the methods reportedly used to self-induce abortion and their relative safety and effectiveness 4) Describe the relationship between perceived stigma and disclosure about abortion.

10:30 AM
Clarifying values and transforming attitudes to improve abortion access: Results of a global assessment
Katherine L. Turner, MPH, Allison George, MPH and Kathryn Andersen Clark, PhD
10:50 AM
Women's anticipated emotional responses to elective abortion: Differences by age, gestation and mental health history of women seeking abortion
Diana Greene Foster, PhD, Heather Gould, MPH, Jessica Zabell, Anne Baker and Sally Burgess, MBA
11:10 AM
Abortion self-induction among women living in San Francisco, Boston and New York City: A qualitative analysis
Daniel Grossman, MD, Kelsey Otis, MPH, Melanie Peña, MPH, Diana Lara, MD, MPH, Beverly Winikoff, MD, MPH and Kelly Blanchard, MS
11:30 AM
Perceived stigma and disclosure about abortion in the United States
Kristen M. Shellenberg, MPH, Lori F. Frohwirth, BA and Ann Moore, PhD

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Organized by: Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health
Endorsed by: Women's Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)