Abortion Study Finds No Long-Term Ill Effects On Emotional Well-Being

Edwards, S.
July 1997
Family Planning Perspectives;Jul/Aug97, Vol. 29 Issue 4, p193
Academic Journal
This article reports that there is no long-term ill effects on the emotional well-being as regards abortion. The study was based on data collected between 1979 and 1987 through the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Respondents, who were aged 14-21 when the survey was launched, participated in annual interviews, during which they provided information about their socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, including their reproductive experiences. The 1980 and 1987 interviews also contained a standardized scale that measures self-esteem by asking respondents their level of agreement with a variety of statements relating to their worth, capability, self-respect and attitude; the investigators considered mean scores below 20 out of a possible 80, indicative of low self-esteem and scorns above 30 representative of high sell-esteem. To examine the factors that are associated with women's self-esteem according to their race and religiosity, the investigators conducted analyses of variance, multivariate analyses of variance and multiple regression analyses. The study was based on data from 4,977 respondents.


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