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Married women and contraceptive sterilization: factors that Contribute to pre-surgical ambivalence

  • Warren B. Miller (a1) and Rochelle N. Shain (a2)

Two hundred and fifty-five married women about to have a tubal ligation and 167 women whose husbands were about to have a vasectomy were interviewed about their decisions. The data were analysed to determine the factors with which pre-surgical ambivalence about the decision was associated.

Three independent factors were indicated: a substantive factor related to childbearing motivations, attitudes, and beliefs; a processual factor related to the decision-making process; and a contextual factor relating to situational pressures for and against the decision.

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