Canonical variates of post abortion syndrome

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Helen P. Vaughan (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rebecca M. Smith

Abstract: This study extended post abortion research beyond the treatment of negative post abortion adjustment as a univariate construct to the examination of it as post abortion syndrome comprised of anger, guilt, grief, depression, and stress symptoms. When treated as a multivariate construct in a canonical correlation, negative post abortion adjustment presented two different dimensions. The first dimension of post abortion syndrome included high amounts of anger and guilt, with a significant absence of any grief feelings. The variables antecedent to this pattern of post abortion syndrome were social or externally based: pressure from others to abort, a worse relationship with the partner, dissatisfaction with preabortion counseling and information, medical complications with the abortion, inability to bear children at a later time, and a decision based on fear of harm to the mother's health.

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Language: English
Date: 1990
Abortion $x Psychological aspects
Abortion $x Complications

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