Personal Attitudes Regarding prenatal Diagnosis and abortion: A Three Country Research Project. The Pragmatic Approach.

Ingrid Muenstermann, Kerstin Wuestner, Ulrich Heinze

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    Abstract

    The study is a collaborative effort of three researchers in different countries to determine students' attitudes regarding prenatal diagnosis and abortion. Involved are the universities in Augsburg (Germany), Tokyo (Japan), and Wagga Wagga (Australia), all in highly developed countries but with greatly varying population sizes. We are aware that selecting only students may influence the research outcome but decided, nevertheless, to develop a survey which compares personal thoughts on contemporary issues. The method of our research is quantitative: in 2004/05 a questionnaire was distributed. The questions covewred a wide range of issues but this paper looks only at gender, age, attitudes concerning prenatal diagnosis, genetic information wanted regarding the unborn child, and 'diagnoses' that may trigger pregnancy termination. We could establish many differences but also some similarities in attitude. To compare attitudes, the questions were scaled in a linear, numeric fashion, so that absolute measures of importance and relative measures or rankings could be established. For statistical analysis ANOVA One Way and Spearman Rho correlations were used. Our sociological approach is embedded in Ulrich Beck, Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim and Deborah Lupton's debates on risk and risk society. It seems that our study participants will opt to terminate a pregnancy for different reasons: but there is some consensus to avoid being a burden on society by having a disabled child.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationISA 2006
    Subtitle of host publicationThe quality of social existence in a globalising world
    Place of PublicationDurban South Africa
    PublisherRansley's CompuShop
    Pagesone session
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventInternational Sociology Association (ISA) World Congress - Durban South Africa, South Africa
    Duration: 23 Jul 200629 Jul 2006

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Sociology Association (ISA) World Congress
    Country/TerritorySouth Africa
    Period23/07/0629/07/06

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