'Collective fictions': Similarities in reasons for accepting maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein screening among women of diverse ethnic and social class backgrounds

N. A. Press, C. H. Browner

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

47 Scopus citations

Abstract

We analyzed the decisions of an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse group of women to accept or refuse a prenatal diagnostic test. We found that how women were informed about the test and the kind of information they were given determined their decisions more than their ethnic or social class background. To explain this, we argue that the women and their health care providers created a 'collective fiction' which situated the testing within the domain of routine prenatal care and denied its central connection to selective abortion and its eugenic implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-106
Number of pages10
JournalFetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Volume8
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • abortion
  • biomedical culture
  • patient education
  • prenatal diagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Embryology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of ''Collective fictions': Similarities in reasons for accepting maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein screening among women of diverse ethnic and social class backgrounds'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this