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Women's experience of termination of a pregnancy.
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PMID:  16817487     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In November 1996 the Act on the Termination of Pregnancies (no 92 of 1996) was promulgated. This Act enabled women from the age of twelve years old to decide to terminate their pregnancies before twelve weeks gestation without permission of anybody else. Since February 1997 almost 160 000 terminations of pregnancy have been carried out in South Africa. Little research has been conducted to explore and describe the effect of the termination of pregnancies on women Two aims were formulated for the research project described in this article: (1) the exploration and description of the women's experience of terminating a pregnancy, and (2) the description of counselling guidelines for caring professionals to assist these women. Participants were included in the sample through purposive sampling. Phenomenological interviews were conducted individually. Data were analysed by means of Tesch's descriptive approach. Counselling guidelines for educational psychologists and other caring professionals to empower the involved were being logically inferred from the results of the interviews. Measures to ensure trustworthiness have been applied in the research and ethical measures have been strictly adhered to during the research. One central theme was identified from the results of the interviews and naïve sketches, namely women's experiences of a negative relationship with themselves and other persons as well as their focus on their terminated pregnancies.
M Poggenpoel; C P H Myburgh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Curationis     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0379-8577     ISO Abbreviation:  Curationis     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-04     Completed Date:  2006-07-28     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7901092     Medline TA:  Curationis     Country:  South Africa    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-9     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Nursing, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Legal / psychology*
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude to Health*
Family / psychology
Health Services Needs and Demand
Helping Behavior
Middle Aged
Nursing Methodology Research
Patient Education as Topic
Power (Psychology)
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Pregnant Women / psychology*
Professional-Patient Relations
Qualitative Research
Self Concept
Social Support
South Africa

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