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The association between education and induced abortion for three cohorts of adults in Finland

Väisänen, Heini (2015) The association between education and induced abortion for three cohorts of adults in Finland. Population Studies. ISSN 0032-4728

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00324728.2015.1083608


This paper explores whether the likelihood of abortion by education changed over time in Finland, where comprehensive family planning services and sexuality education have been available since the early 1970s. This subject has not previously been studied longitudinally with comprehensive and reliable data. A unique longitudinal set of register data of more than 250,000 women aged 20–49 born in 1955–59, 1965–69, and 1975–79 was analysed, using descriptive statistics, concentration curves, and discrete-time event-history models. Women with basic education had a higher likelihood of abortion than others and the association grew stronger for later cohorts. Selection into education may explain this phenomenon: although it was fairly common to have only basic education in the 1955–59 cohort, it became increasingly unusual over time. Thus, even though family planning services were easily available, socio-economic differences in the likelihood of abortion remained

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Additional Information: © 2015 Population Investigation Committee
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2015 10:24
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 16:03

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