Stigma Theory and Reproductive Health: A Literature Review

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Emma M. Schueren (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Tracy Nichols

Abstract: Women who seek abortion services face a myriad of barriers, stigma being one of the most prominent. Stigma can be structural barriers such as laws and regulations, or as intimate as community beliefs and intrapersonal reactions. Abortion stigma can cause emotional, financial, and psychological distress. This literature review will provide the background for future projects within abortion stigma and stigma theory. The content of this interactive narrative will be based on this literature review on stigma theory and abortion stigma. In the literature review, within stigma theory and abortion stigma, there will be a focus on structural stigma and interpersonal stigma. These two types of stigma will provide the framework for the interactive narrative, including the first person accounts that will be used to create the interactive narrative. This paper will cover the thematic elements of the literature review on stigma theory and abortion stigma, as well as an introduction interactive narratives and their use.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2022
reproductive health, abortion, structural barriers, abortion stigma, stigma

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