Ending a pregnancy : young women's stories and future health care professionals' perspectives

Kowalski Bellamy, Alicja

Clinical psychology
August 2019

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This portfolio thesis consists of three parts:
Part one- Systematic Literature Review
The systematic literature review integrates the findings of future health care professionals’ attitudes towards terminations. A systematic search of the literature generated fifteen studies and a narrative synthesis was conducted. The methodological quality of the studies was also assessed. Subsequent conclusions are discussed and suggestions for future research are made.
Part two-Empirical Paper
The empirical paper explored the narratives constructed and contextual factors involved in young women’s decisions to end a pregnancy. A qualitative narrative approach was used to analyse the stories. Holistic form analysis identified two plot themes and categorical content analysis identified four major and eight minor categories. The findings and implications of the research are subsequently discussed and future research is explored.
Part three- Appendices
The appendices provide additional information supporting the systematic literature review and empirical paper. Included is an epistemological and reflective statement.

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