Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Attitudes towards abortion have been a focal point within politics and religion for many years. Many methods have been created to test these attitudes. For example, Hess and Rueb created a 13-item scale and demonstrated its validity. However, this scale has several potential shortcomings. The developers did not report the reliability of the scale and its factor structure. Further, this scale includes a neutral point and legal language. One of the purposes of the present study was to develop a 12-item scale to address these issues. The present study compares and contrasts these two scales. Psychology student's participated in this study. The results indicated that both abortion scales were reliable and valid. A factor analysis indicated that the Hess and Rueb scale has 3 factors, whereas the researchers newly developed scale had two factors. Implications of these findings are discussed.
BF1 .M63 v. 20 no. 1 2014
Taylor, Michael G. and Whitehead, George I.
"The measurement of attitudes toward abortion,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 20:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol20/iss1/7