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ERIC Number: ED130194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 18
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Alignment Strategies in Verbal Accounts of Problematic Conduct: The Case of Abortion.
Zimmerman, Mary
This paper reports the results of a survey on the attitudes of women who had just had voluntary abortions. The paper focuses on the attempt on the part of the women to bring their abortion-seeking behaviors in line with opposing cultural standards. The existing literature suggests that alignment can be accomplished through reducing the negative quality of the act (justification) or by rejecting personal responsibility (excuses). The researcher interviewed 40 women subsequent to their abortions. Those interviewed (with one exception) generally believed that the community disapproved of abortion, and almost half of those interviewed disapproved of abortion personally. The interview results indicate that while only a few (15%) of the women used alignment strategies to account for their pregnancies, most used them in accounting for their abortions. It is also noted that excuses were much more frequently employed than were justifications. (NG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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