|| The goal
of this section of the Pro-Choice Forum website is to increase research-based
knowledge and informed opinion about the psychological aspects of
abortion and related reproductive health issues among representatives
of advocacy organizations, service providers, policy makers, researchers,
journalists and interested lay persons.
The section is designed to serve an educational function for its
audience. Consumers of reproductive health services might find this
information of interest, but it is not intended to be therapeutic.
Cross-national and cross-cultural research and commentary is included
from the US and the UK. Psychological Issues emphasizes feminist
scholarship and practice, promotes policies that advance equality
and social justice and support the aims of the Pro-Choice Forum.
Psychological Issues is sponsored by the Society for the Psychology
of Women - Division 35 of the American Psychological Association.
For more information about the Society visit their website at http://www.apa.org/divisions/div35/
The Psychological Issues section includes:
- Critical summaries of the research
- Reviews and updates of recently
published books and articles.
- Commentaries on best practices
in counseling and other psychological service provision.
- Commentaries, analysis and
opinion pieces that take a psychological perspective concerning
- Notices about upcoming conferences
- Reports summarizing recent
conferences and meetings.
Content areas include:
- The psychological effects of
abortion and its alternatives as they are expressed in diverse
contexts and among diverse groups.
- The effects of the sociopolitical
context on availability and quality of abortion and related
reproductive health services and the psychological well-being
of women who seek abortion.
- The psychosocial effects of
laws, statutes and regulations that limit women's access to
- Cultural, intrapersonal and
interpersonal factors that influence decision-making about pregnancy
- The linkages between gendered
violence, unintended pregnancy, and abortion.
- The roles of sexism, racism
and classism in limiting access of women to abortion and related
reproductive health services.
- Clinical issues involved in
pre- and post-abortion counseling and psychotherapy including
the development of multicultural counseling proficiency.
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