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ERIC Number: ED155575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug-26
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Psychological Correlates of Unwanted Pregnancy.
Rader, Gordon E.; And Others
This study explored several psychological factors previously cited for inadequate contraceptive practice. The following hypotheses were examined: Women who have an undesired pregnancy (1) are inclined toward taking risks as a general personality style; (2) are inclined to rely on denial and related defenses as a general response pattern; (3) are more inclined toward masochism or intropunitiveness; (4) have more guilt concerning sexual behavior than those using medically prescribed contraceptive methods. Two specific personality variables, a proclivity toward the use of denial and tendencies toward masochism or self-directed aggression, received support as factors contributing to failure to take appropriate precautions against an unwanted pregnancy. Neither guilt about sexual activity nor risk-taking received support in the present study. It is hoped that with further knowledge, high-risk populations may be identified and preventive programs specifically designed for them. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (San Francisco, California, August 26-30, 1977)