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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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Abstract

SILVA, Rebeca de Souza e  and  ANDREONI, Solange. Induced abortion: a comparison between married and single women residing in the city of São Paulo in 2008. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.7, pp. 1725-1733. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000700011.

The scope of this study was to evaluate the association between having had an induced abortion and marital status (being single or legally married) in women residing in the city of São Paulo. This analysis is derived from a broader population survey on abortion conducted in 2008. In this study we focus on the subset of 389 single and legally married women between 15 and 49 years of age. Logistic regression models were used to evaluate the association between induced abortion and being single or married, monitoring age, education, income, number of live births, contraceptive use and acceptance of the practice of abortion. Being single was the only characteristic associated with having had an induced abortion, in other words, when faced with a pregnancy single women were four times more likely to have an abortion than married women (OR=3.9; p=0.009).

Keywords : Induced abortion; Marital status; Logistic regression.

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