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What Abortion Counselors Want from Their Clients

Carole Joffe
Social Problems
Vol. 26, No. 1 (Oct., 1978), pp. 112-121
DOI: 10.2307/800436
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/800436
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

Drawing on data gathered in a participant observation study of an abortion service, this paper discusses some of the responses of abortion counselors to their work. Specifically, it describes the role clients play in shaping the meaning of this work. The major findings are that the counselors prefer client "soberness," are intolerant of client cynicism, and are angered by repeat aborters. The paper concludes by relating these findings to a consideration of responses to "dirty work" among social service workers.

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