The authors wish to thank Suzanna Rose for her helpful comments on this project and the organizations that graciously agreed to assist in data collection.
From Thought to Deed: Understanding Abortion Activism1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 31, Issue 11, pages 2378–2400, November 2001
How to Cite
Kaysen, D. and Stake, J. E. (2001), From Thought to Deed: Understanding Abortion Activism. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31: 2378–2400. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2001.tb00181.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Many people have opinions on abortion, but relatively few contribute a substantial amount of time and effort to actively support their causes. This study investigated factors associated with level of activism in the abortion movement. The issue was addressed from a cost-benefit framework based on theory and research from other social movements. In a sample drawn from pro-life and pro-choice organizations, activism was related to attitude salience, attitude polarization, social ties to abortion activists, and agentic self-esteem. Potential constraint variables (e.g., employment) and social approval from important others showed little relation to activism. Factors affecting activism were similar for pro-choice and pro-life activists. Findings were generally consistent with studies of political activism for other social causes.