Unplanned Pregnancy and Elective Abortion for African American Adolescents

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/344047
Title:
Unplanned Pregnancy and Elective Abortion for African American Adolescents
Authors:
Andrews, Janet L.
Abstract:
The purpose of this focused ethnography was to generate an interpretive theory about how African American adolescents experience unplanned pregnancy and elective abortion. How African American adolescents experience events and circumstances surrounding pregnancy and elective abortion is not understood. Research questions were: 1) How do African American adolescents view unplanned pregnancy?; 2) How do African American adolescents go about deciding to seek abortions?; and 3) What factors do they consider when making their decisions to abort their pregnancies? Purposive sampling was used to obtain a sample of 12 participants within the ages of 15 to 18 years. Participants were drawn from clients at a nonprofit clinic designed to provide women's health services including abortion. Data were collected by continuous interviews and observation participation. First interviews took place as the participants awaited their abortion procedures. Second interviews were conducted at a time and place convenient for the participants. Four themes were generated during data analysis: l) Relationships with partners, 2) Confiding in others: finding support, 3) Unselfish decision for self and 4) Resolution of the crisis. The integral pattern of Empowerment emerged from the four themes. Through their experiences with unplanned pregnancy and elective abortion, the young women began to assume responsibility, think for themselves, direct their own lives, gain control and act to solve problems to their own satisfaction. The experiences of the young women in this study challenged several pervasive myths or controlling images regarding African American adolescents with unplanned pregnancy and elective abortion. The findings from this study support health professionals counseling teenagers about choices and options that are culturally relevant to them.
Affiliation:
Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing
Issue Date:
Mar-1997
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/344047
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Type:
Dissertation
Appears in Collections:
Department of Physiological & Technological Nursing Theses and Dissertations; Theses and Dissertations

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dc.contributor.authorAndrews, Janet L.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-03T04:03:39Z-
dc.date.available2015-02-03T04:03:39Z-
dc.date.issued1997-03-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/344047-
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this focused ethnography was to generate an interpretive theory about how African American adolescents experience unplanned pregnancy and elective abortion. How African American adolescents experience events and circumstances surrounding pregnancy and elective abortion is not understood. Research questions were: 1) How do African American adolescents view unplanned pregnancy?; 2) How do African American adolescents go about deciding to seek abortions?; and 3) What factors do they consider when making their decisions to abort their pregnancies? Purposive sampling was used to obtain a sample of 12 participants within the ages of 15 to 18 years. Participants were drawn from clients at a nonprofit clinic designed to provide women's health services including abortion. Data were collected by continuous interviews and observation participation. First interviews took place as the participants awaited their abortion procedures. Second interviews were conducted at a time and place convenient for the participants. Four themes were generated during data analysis: l) Relationships with partners, 2) Confiding in others: finding support, 3) Unselfish decision for self and 4) Resolution of the crisis. The integral pattern of Empowerment emerged from the four themes. Through their experiences with unplanned pregnancy and elective abortion, the young women began to assume responsibility, think for themselves, direct their own lives, gain control and act to solve problems to their own satisfaction. The experiences of the young women in this study challenged several pervasive myths or controlling images regarding African American adolescents with unplanned pregnancy and elective abortion. The findings from this study support health professionals counseling teenagers about choices and options that are culturally relevant to them.en
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dc.subjectAdolescenceen
dc.subjectUnplanned Pregnancyen
dc.subjectAbortionen
dc.subjectEmpowermenten
dc.subjectMythsen
dc.subjectAfrican Americanen
dc.titleUnplanned Pregnancy and Elective Abortion for African American Adolescentsen
dc.typeDissertationen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Physiological and Technological Nursingen
dc.description.advisorBoyle, Joyceenen
dc.description.committeeGramling, Lou; Ellis, Linda; Nugent, Katherine; Kemp, Virginiaen
dc.description.degreeDoctor of Philosophy with a Major in Nursingen
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