Parental Involvement in Adolescent Abortion is a 23-item measure of various family functioning and religiosity variables among adolescent females presenting to an abortion clinic with a parent. Items ask who the adolescent informed about the pregnancy, how comfortable the adolescent felt telling her parents and how she feels about the requirement of parental consent to obtain an abortion in her state.
Geographies Tested: United States of America
Populations Included: Female
Age Range: Adolescents
1. How religious are your parents? (respond for both mother and father)
Not at all religious
2. Who came with you to clinic today?
Mother (or other adult female with whom you live)
Father (or other adult male with whom you live)
3. Was this pregnancy the result of forced sex?
4. Do you feel free to talk about sex in your family?
5. Do you feel free to talk about birth control in your family?
With both your parents
6. How often does your mother attend church?
7. How often does your father attend church?
Every single week
More than once a week
8. After discovering you were pregnant, who did you first decide to talk to for support?
Sexual partner or boyfriend
Another adult (explain)
Friend your own age
9. How long did you wait to tell a parent you were pregnant?
Waited until you knew for sure
Waited 1-2 weeks after you knew
Waited longer than 2 weeks after you knew
10. Have there been other sources of stress (such as divorce, death, job change, etc.) in your family in the last 12 months?
More than two
11. When something stressful happens in yoru family, how much trouble does it cause?
Very little trouble
A lot of trouble
12. How do you feel about being required to tell a parent about your pregnancy?
Wanted to tell anyway
13. Which parent did you tell?
Other (please explain)
14. When you told, what was the very first thing heshe said? How helpful was this response?
15. When you told, what was the very first thing heshe did? How helpful was this response?
16. After you told, what did heshe later say? How helpful was this response?
17. What did you parent(s) arrange for you to do when you leave the clinic today? How helpful is this arrangement?
18. How do you feel now about telling the parent you told?
Glad you told
Sorry you told
19. If you chose not to tell one of your parents, how do you feel now about not involving himher?
Glad you haven't told
Sorry you haven't told
Unsure at this point
20. In general, how would you rate your parents' response to your pregnancy?
21. Does your mother read religious books andor watch religious TV shows?
22. Does your father read religious books andor what religious TV shows?
More than once a week
23. How do you expect your parent(s) to treat you in the next few weeks? How helpful will this response be?
Quality variable: Items #14, #15, #16, #17, #20, and #23
Religiosity variable: Items #1, #6, #7, #21, and #22
Democratic Parenting variable: Items #2, #3, #4, #5, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #18, #19.
Griffin-Carlson, M. S., & Schwanenflugel, P. J. (1998). Adolescent abortion and parental notification: Evidence for the importance of family functioning on the perceived quality of parental involvement in U.S. families. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 39(4), 543-553. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-7610.00350
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