Stress And Trauma; A University at Buffalo led research team has use public narratives, an increasingly popular form of person center advocacy offering a forum for sharing previously untold stories; so to study the undue stress experienced by women in relation to abortion. Storytelling is a universal characteristic of humanity; which present throughout history and manifest in every culture. Stories told over time on similar themes present rich patterns that enhance understanding; so encourage empathy and provide insights into a live experience that can be unfamiliar to its audience.
Work practice perspective
The Tennessee Stories Project a regional initiative that provides space for people; so with Tennessee relate experiences to find affirmation and form community through story telling serves; so as an abortion narrative platform similar to what is trending on the national level in the YouKnowMe stories recently initiate by actress Busy Philipps.
Many researchers are looking at epidemiological factors surrounding abortion; but from a social work practice perspective we recognize there is stress inherent in the abortion experience, especially in the Southeast. They want to conduct a formal qualitative analysis to examine stress in these stories,” says Gretchen Ely; so an associate professor in the UB School of Social Work, who co-led the study with Mickey Sperlich, a UB assistant professor of social work.
“Our analysis indicates that stress was found to be present throughout the abortion narratives in four distinct categories: existing stressors prior to the abortion; stressors experience while attempting to access an abortion, stressors experience during abortion obtainment and stressors arising after the abortion.
A better understanding of when stress is occurring can help educate social workers and other front-line providers; also inform their clinical care and practice responses and improve policy development,” says Sperlich. The researchers use a trauma-inform approach to design their study, publish in the Journal of Social Work, a framework that recognizes trauma often exists in the lives of people who are seeking health and social services.
Abortion bans proposed
Abortion is legal at the federal level; but federal funds from programs such as Medicaid can’t use to cover abortion expenses. State laws requiring things like mandatory waiting periods further restrict access; also are common in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast. If the abortion bans propose most recently in states like Alabama and Missouri are allow to stand; so whole swaths of the region will be without legal abortion services, creating more stress for abortion seekers.
“We have to consider these stories are from a Southeastern state; also represent people who often have a great many stressful burdens to overcome,” says Ely. “Abortion bans in places like Alabama just compound the stress and potentially exacerbate trauma; but do nothing to reduce the actual rates of abortions in the region. They would just delay legal abortion access, or force people to manage abortions illegally on their own.
“For some reason, we don’t seem to realize that these people are our community members, who, for whatever reason, don’t feel their bodies or psyches can bear a child,” Ely adds. “Because of that they’re in a dire situation and need access to safe and legal health care in the geographic areas where they reside.”