The long-term phenomena of women's postabortion experiences

JoAnn Trybulski

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Abstract

A phenomenological approach was used to examine the responses of women to elective abortion. Sixteen women who terminated a pregnancy for nonmedical reasons at least 15 years previously participated. These women were caught up in the moment, they made a decision, had an abortion, and life continued - for some as before, for others, forever altered. Women encountered a sense of disruption. The abortion and reflections about the experience existed as an unspoken story, confided to few. Thoughts of this past experience reached into present events and generated new awareness, producing insights. The terminated pregnancy for some became embodied. These women were compelled to make sense of their abortion experiences as they sought to integrate these experiences into their sense of self. These women's relationships affected the abortion experience and were affected by the abortion experience. This research expands our understanding of the long-term responses of women after abortion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-576
Number of pages18
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005

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Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Abortion sequelae
  • Postabortion experiences
  • Pregnancy termination
  • Women's experiences

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  • Nursing(all)

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Trybulski, JoAnn. / The long-term phenomena of women's postabortion experiences. In: Western Journal of Nursing Research. 2005 ; Vol. 27, No. 5. pp. 559-576.
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