Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Primary Subject Area
abortion, dilemma, identity, juncture, Moral, pro-life
Broderick, Patricia McCarthy, "To Thine Own Self Be True: A Phenomenological Investigation into the Role of Self in a Moral Dilemma" (2009). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. Paper 190.
Moral identity was investigated phenomenologically as it was experienced both by those who adhered to their stated moral convictions as well as those who did not. More specifically, 16 adult, unmarried, pro-life women who had experienced an unwanted pregnancy were interviewed, 8 of whom had carried and 8 had aborted. Significant findings include the propensity of those who carried and aborted, alike, to view their moral dilemmas through the filter of protection of self. Those who carried saw their moral beliefs as serving their self-interests, but those who aborted did not. Connection with a higher purpose was found in those who carried. A Moral Juncture Model of Self, as conceptualized by the researcher, is presented.