“I'm Not That Type of Person”: Managing the Stigma of Having an Abortion

@article{Cockrill2013ImNT,
  title={“I'm Not That Type of Person”: Managing the Stigma of Having an Abortion},
  author={Kate Cockrill and Adina Nack},
  journal={Deviant Behavior},
  year={2013},
  volume={34},
  pages={973 - 990}
}
Drawing on interviews with U.S. women, this article offers a social–psychological framework for understanding the stigma of having an abortion and identifies the individual stigma management strategies women use to mitigate negative intrapersonal and interpersonal consequences of abortion stigma. We also contribute to contemporary understandings of abortion stigma by theorizing how aspects of abortion stigma—such as its concealability and episodic expression—interfere with women's potential to… Expand
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