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Emotional distress following induced abortion. A study of its incidence and determinants among abortees in Malmö, Sweden
Auteur(s)
SÖDERBERG H. ; JANZON L. ; SJÖBERG N.-O.
Résumé
Objective: To study incidence and determinants of emotional distress following induced abortion. Setting: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lund University, University Hospital Malmö, Sweden. Subjects: A series of 854 participants at 12-month postabortion follow-up, representing 66.5% of the 1 285 women undergoing induced abortion at Malmö, 1989. Methods: Analysis of data elicited at a semistructured interview I year after induced abortion, risk factors for emotional distress being determined in a case subgroup (n = 139) of women satisfying all the inclusion criteria (i.e., postabortion emotional distress, doubts about abortion decision. would not consider abortion again), as compared with a control group (n= 114) satisfying none of the inclusion criteria. The study design is a retrospective study. Results: In the subgroup with emotional distress (duration ranging from I month to still present at 12-month follow-up), the following risk factors were identified: living alone, poor emotional support from family and friends, adverse postabortion change in relations with partner, underlying ambivalence or adverse attitude to abortion, and being actively religious. Conclusions: Thus. 50-60% of women undergoing induced abortion experienced some measure of emotional distress, classified as severe in 30% of cases. The risk factors identified suggest that it may be possible to ameliorate or even prevent such distress.
Editeur
Elsevier
Identifiant
PMID : 9720837 ISSN : 0301-2115 CODEN : EOGRAL
Source
European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology A. 1998, vol. 79, n° 2, pp. 173-178 [bibl. : 18 ref.]
Langue
Anglais
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