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Modeling the process leading to abortion: an application to French survey data.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17933290     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this study, we model women's recourse to induced abortion as resulting from a process that starts with sexual intercourse and contraceptive use (or nonuse), continues with the occurrence of an unintended pregnancy, and ends with the woman's decision to terminate the pregnancy and her access to abortion services. Our model includes two often-neglected proximate determinants of abortion: sexual practices and access to abortion services. We relate three sociodemographic characteristics--women's educational level, their relationship status, and their age--step by step to the stages of the abortion process. We apply our framework using data from the COCON survey, a national survey on reproductive health conducted in France in 2000. Our model shows that sociodemographic variables may have opposite impacts as the abortion process unfolds. For example, women's educational level can be positively linked to the probability of practicing contraception but negatively linked to the propensity to carry the unintended pregnancy to term. This conceptual framework brings together knowledge that is currently dispersed in the literature and helps to identify the source of abortion-rate differentials.
Clémentine Rossier; François Michelot; Nathalie Bajos;
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Studies in family planning     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0039-3665     ISO Abbreviation:  Stud Fam Plann     Publication Date:  2007 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-15     Completed Date:  2007-11-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7810364     Medline TA:  Stud Fam Plann     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  163-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / statistics & numerical data*
Contraception / utilization*
Educational Status
Family Characteristics
France / epidemiology
Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data
Maternal Age
Models, Statistical
Pregnancy, Unplanned
Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*

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