Development and validation of a psychometric scale to assess attitude towards safe abortions in Pakistan

Authors

  • Xaher Gul Marie Stopes Society, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Junaid-ur-Rehman Siddiqui Marie Stopes Society, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Miraal Mavalvala McGill University, Canada
  • Waqas Hameed Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Ishaque Marie Stopes Society, Karachi, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.503

Abstract

Abstract

Despite severe health and economic consequences that women face because of the negative attitude of healthcare providers towards safe abortion and post-abortion care (SA/PAC), no psychometric tool has yet been validated for assessing the attitude towards SA/PAC. Only a handful of studies have attempted to assess healthcare providers’ attitude towards safe abortions in Pakistan. Therefore, this study aimed to develop and validate a psychometric scale to assess attitude towards safe abortions in Pakistan. The study collected data from 106 workers of an NGO that provides SA/PAC through an online and anonymous survey using the organisation’s network. The study used factor analytic techniques and structural equation modelling to validate the factor structure and a final hierarchical model. A final scale of seven items relating to attitude towards elective abortions and moral attitude towards safe abortions was validated. Continuous...

 

 

Published

2020-10-15

Issue

Section

Short Communication / Short Report