Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The purpose of this research project is to investigate evidence that an elective abortion affects a woman's mental health. Included are literature reviews and studies aimed at gathering information and quantifying these effects. Because this is a highly politicized and controversial topic, it has been difficult to find objective resources. Several areas are addressed: the difference between short vs. long-term effects on a woman's mental health subsequent to an elective abortion, evidence of delayed grief reaction and the link with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-Abortion Stress is defined and specific psychological sequelae are addressed such as grief, depression, anxiety and suicide ideation and attempts. Recommendations are given to help mental health professionals identify predictive risk factors for those considering abortion. Also included are suggestions for helping professionals to be more sensitive and therapeutic to those women experiencing delayed grief reactions to an elective abortion.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Darcie A. Davis-Gage
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©2007 Marilyn Schneiderman
Schneiderman, Marilyn, "Investigating the effects of an elective abortion on women's mental health" (2007). Graduate Research Papers. 1471.