J Nurs Acad Soc.  1973 May;3(2):53-66.

A Survey on Induced Abortion

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Catholic Medical College, Korea.

Abstract

In order to explore the present status of induced abortion, a survey was conducted on 578 married women :32o employed women, 165 urban and 93 rural housewives, during the period form June, 1972 to September, 1972. The results were as follows: 1. The rates of induced abortion in urban housewives, employed women and rural housewives were 50. 3%, 30. 3% and 11. 8%, respectively. 2. With regard to the duration of marrital life, the rale of induced abortion was higher group of 11-16 and 17-22 years of duration than those of less than 4 years and more than 23 years. 3. There were significant differences between housewives and the employed women, and also between urban and rural housewives in the rates of induced abortion. 4. The mean number of pregnancies was 4.9 and 4.8 for the rural and urban housewives while for the employed women was 2.1. 5. The mean number of live births was 4.5 and 3. 2 for the rural and urban housewives while for the employed women was 2.1. 6. Average number of living children of the women who had experienced induced abortions was 4. 8 and 3.1 for the rural and urban housewives while for the emoeypld women was 2. 5. 7. There was a significant correlation between induced abortions and social class or educational level. The higher their level of education or social class, the more frequently women were experienced induced abortions. 8. There was a significant correlation between experience of induced abortions and family planning practice, vis. the women who had experienced induced abortions made more use of family planning practices.

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