Toward normalising abortion: findings from a qualitative secondary analysis study

Purcell, C. , Maxwell, K., Bloomer, F., Rowlands, S. and Hoggart, L. (2020) Toward normalising abortion: findings from a qualitative secondary analysis study. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 22(12), pp. 1349-1364. (doi: 10.1080/13691058.2019.1679395) (PMID:31933421)

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In most settings worldwide, abortion continues to be highly stigmatised. Whilst a considerable body of literature has addressed abortion stigma, what is less commonly examined are the ways in which those with experience of abortion describe it in non-negative terms which may resist or reject stigma. Drawing on qualitative secondary analysis of five UK datasets using a narrative inquiry approach, we explore: the use of non-negative language around abortion, potential components of a normalising narrative, and constraints on non-negativity. As such, we present the first empirical UK study to critically examine how a dominant negative abortion narrative might be disrupted.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Purcell, Dr Carrie and Maxwell, Dr Karen
Authors: Purcell, C., Maxwell, K., Bloomer, F., Rowlands, S., and Hoggart, L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Culture, Health and Sexuality
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1464-5351
Published Online:14 January 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Author(s)
First Published:First published in Culture, Health and Sexuality 22(12): 1349-1364
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
300940Exploring intersections of norms of female sexuality and abortion stigma: a preparatory qualitative secondary analysis studyCarrie PurcellWellcome Trust (WELLCOTR)207878/Z/17/ZHW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
727631SPHSU Core Renewal: Relationships & Health Improvement Research ProgrammeLisa McDaidMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/11IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
Chief Scientist Office (CSO)SPHSU11