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Restricted reproductive rights and risky sexual behaviour: how political disenfranchisement relates to women’s sense of control, well-being and sexual health
journal contributionposted on 2023-01-06, 14:35 authored by RACHEL MSETFIRACHEL MSETFI, Sarah JaySarah Jay, Aisling T. O'Donnell, Michelle Kearns, Elaine KinsellaElaine Kinsella, Jennifer Mc MahonJennifer Mc Mahon, ORLA MULDOONORLA MULDOON, Catherine NaughtonCatherine Naughton, ANN-MARIE CREAVENANN-MARIE CREAVEN
Few studies have investigated the role of disenfranchisement and denial of agency in women’s sexual health. To address this, a cross-sectional study of disenfranchisement, control (general and reproductive control) and health was conducted in Ireland, where abortion is severely restricted. Multiple mediation models (N = 513 women) indicated that general but not reproductive control mediates the association between disenfranchisement and psychological well-being. Additionally, serial mediation shows disenfranchisement is associated with lower sense of control, which is linked to poorer well-being and risky sexual behaviour. Disenfranchisement arising from socio-political contexts may have important implications for women’s sexual health.