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Cassandra's prophecy: a psychological perspective. Why we need to do more than just tell women

Boivin, Jacky, Bunting, Laura Elizabeth and Gameiro, Sofia 2013. Cassandra's prophecy: a psychological perspective. Why we need to do more than just tell women. Reproductive BioMedicine Online 27 (1) , pp. 11-14. 10.1016/j.rbmo.2013.03.021

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The most salient psychological issue in the article ‘Cassandra’s prophecy’ is the lack of fertility knowledge. This lack of knowledge exhibited by both Jane and the medical professionals resulted in a delay in trying to get pregnant and in seeking and receiving appropriate care, ultimately resulting in inadvertent childlessness. We identify five educational initiatives to increase fertility knowledge and personal awareness in order to promote informed decision-making about fertility health issues. These initiatives cover: (i) better sexual education for children; (ii) family planning for young adults that involves value and preference clarification about future parenthood goals; (iii) public health campaigns to increase awareness of the risk factors associated with reduced fertility; (iv) investigation of adherence to fertility guidelines within the medical profession; and (v) clearer information about the benefits and limitations of available fertility treatment. The future of fertility health care must be centred on providing people with information leading to informed choice about all aspects of their own fertility health. Empowerment may mean that people can better optimize their fertility health and be more likely to reach their parenthood goals.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Uncontrolled Keywords: family planning; fertility awareness; informed decision-making; medical help-seeking; sex education
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1472-6483
Funders: ESRC
Last Modified: 11 May 2022 07:11

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