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Abortion and Health Care Chaplaincy in Australia


Carey, LB and Newell, CJ, Abortion and Health Care Chaplaincy in Australia, Journal of Religion and Health, 46, (2) pp. 315-332. ISSN 0022-4197 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s10943-006-9078-x


This paper summarizes the results gained from quantitative and qualitative research involving 327 Australian health care chaplains with regard to their involvement in abortion issues within the health care context. The findings indicate that approximately 20% of surveyed chaplains had provided some form of pastoral intervention to patients and/or their families dealing with issues of abortion and that approximately 10% of chaplains had assisted clinical staff with issues concerning abortion. There was found to be no-statistically significant difference with regard to the number of catholic chaplains compared with protestant chaplains or staff chaplains compared with volunteer chaplains involved in abortion issues. Analysis using the WHO Pastoral Intervention codings highlighted a variety of issues encountered by chaplains and the non-judgmental pastoral care used by chaplains when assisting those dealing with abortion. Some implications of this study with respect to patient and clinical staff support are suggested. © 2007 Blanton-Peale Institute.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Newell, CJ (Associate Professor Christopher Newell)
ID Code:46313
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Medical Education Unit
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2009-11-16

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