TITLE

TRENDS IN ABORTION ATTITUDE AMONG YOUNG ADULTS: 1977-1993

AUTHOR(S)
Misra, Ranjita; Hohman, Steven
PUB. DATE
March 2000
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2000, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p85
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract: This study examined attitudes toward abortion among young adults, ages 18 to 25, from 1977 to 1993, and attempted to determine whether specific Supreme Court abortion rulings influenced the opinions about abortion among these age groups. Multivariate techniques were used to evaluate trends over time and pattern of change for each age category. Data for the study were taken from the General Social Survey (GSS), a national survey conducted in 1977, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, and 1993. Six attitude items in the GSS formed the abortion scale and measured the respondents' attitudes. Eighteen-year-olds were the most pro-choice and 21-year-olds the least. Males were pro-choice more than females. The frequency of attending religious services emerged as the strongest predictor in the regression model. Implication of these results for effective health planning for health professionals, teachers, and parents of young adults are discussed.
ACCESSION #
3934290

 

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