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Psychosocial Consequences of Therapeutic Abortion King's Termination Study III

  • H. Steven Greer (a1), Shirley Lal (a2), Stella C. Lewis (a2), Elizabeth M. Belsey (a3) and Richard W. Beard (a4)...
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A follow-up study is reported of a consecutive series of 360 women who underwent termination of first trimester pregnancies by vacuum aspiration. Each patient received brief counselling before termination. Follow-up examinations were carried out by means of detailed, structured interviews at three months and between 15 months and two years (mean: 18 months) after termination. Outcome was assessed in terms of psychiatric symptoms, guilt feelings, and adjustment in marital and other interpersonal relationships, sexual responsiveness and work record. Compared with ratings of psychosocial adjustment before termination, significant improvement had occurred at follow-up in respect of psychiatric symptoms, guilt feelings and interpersonal and sexual adjustment; there was no significant change in marital adjustment. Adverse psychiatric and social sequelae were rare.

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Psychosocial Consequences of Therapeutic Abortion King's Termination Study III

  • H. Steven Greer (a1), Shirley Lal (a2), Stella C. Lewis (a2), Elizabeth M. Belsey (a3) and Richard W. Beard (a4)...
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