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Abortion and health care chaplaincy in Australia

Carey, LB and Newell, CJ 2007 , 'Abortion and health care chaplaincy in Australia' , Journal of Religion and Health, vol. 46, no. 2 , pp. 315-332 , doi:

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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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Carey, LB and Newell, CJ
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Religion and Health
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0022-4197
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