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Elective abortion : decision-making and psychological reactions

by Ng, Yu-fa

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(Uncorrected OCR) ABSTRACT The present study attempted to explore the psychological reactions to elective abortion, characteristics of the abortion decision-making process and factors relating to the psychological responses to abortion. Twenty three married women approved for legal first-trimester abortion were interviewed before the procedure to collect data on their decision-making process and some personal variables. Affective responses were assessed by means of a set of standardized self-administered questionnaires at four time intervals: one day pre-abortion, one day, three weeks and two months post-abortion. Results indicated that the levels of all negative affects were highest at the pre-abortion period, but they dropped sharply immediately post-abortion. Responses to elective abortion were characterized by long-lasting feelings of relief and satisfaction. Serious psychological sequelae were rare. Quality of interpersonal relationship and adequacy of the abortion decision-making were related to the intensity of most affects experienced before and after the procedure. Woman's self-efficacy expectation in coping with abortion was also strongly associated with her affective reactions, both immediate and long-term. Despite the general benign effect of abortion, relatively severe emotional sequelae could result from strong ambivalence toward having an abortion. Implications for abortion counseling were discussed. 1
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School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:abortion psychological aspects

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Date of Publication:01/01/1989

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