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Stigmatizing Attitudes, Beliefs, and Actions Scale (SABAS) - Negative Stereotyping of Women

The Stigmatizing Attitudes, Beliefs, and Actions Scale (SABAS): Negative Stereotyping of Women is an 8 item subscale focusing on negative stereotyping of women from the SABA measure to capture stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs about abortion.

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Geographies Tested: Ghana,Zambia

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

1. Woman is committing a sin
2. Woman will make abortion a habit
3. Health never as good after abortion
4. Woman is bad mother
5. Encourage others to get abortions
6. Woman cannot be trusted
7. Woman brings shame to family
8. Woman brings shame to community

Response Options
5-point Likert scale ranging from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.”

Scoring Procedures

Scores were calculated by summing all 18 items for the total score and then the appropriate items for each of the three subscales (i.e., the three factors). Prior to computing scores, 16 of the 18 SABAS items were reverse coded so that a higher score would reflect more stigmatizing attitudes, beliefs, and actions.

Original Citation

Shellenberg, K. M., Hessini, L., & Levandowski, B. A. (2014). Developing a scale to measure stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs about women who have abortions: results from Ghana and Zambia. Women & health, 54(7), 599-616. https://doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2014.919982

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