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Psychiatric Aspects of Abortion

Edited by Nada L. Stotland, M.D., M.P.H.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-451-0
  • Item #8451


Abortion is a highly complicated issue that raises a cross-section of questions. Is abortion related to a woman's economic status? Do abortions really confer reproductive freedom for women? To address these questions, the contributors to this book summarize research studies on the psychiatric effects of abortion, including the long-term psychiatric impact, and the psychological consequences of denied abortion, illegal abortion, and unwanted pregnancy.


    Psychiatric issues in abortion, and the implications of recent legal changes for psychiatric practice. Psychiatric consequences of abortion: overview of research findings. Historical and cross-cultural perspectives on abortion. The law of abortion and contraception—past and present. Values, gender, and the abortion question: a feminist perspective. Contraception: use and failure. Issues in decision making: psychotherapeutic work with women who have problem pregnancies. Psychotherapeutic issues related to abortion. Issues for staff involved with abortion. Male experience of elective abortion: psychoanalytic perspectives. Second-trimester abortion. Racial and ethnic influences: the black woman and abortion. Adolescents and abortion. Abortion: ethical issues for clinicians. Index.

About the Authors

Nada L. Stotland, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.

The editor and her contributors need to be complimented for this scholarly book, which should be required reading for all health professionals in the mental health and reproductive fields.—Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

All mental health professionals should be versed in the psychiatric aspects of this complex issue. Psychiatric Aspects of Abortion is an essential contribution to the literature about this difficult problem. In addition to mental health care providers, health professionals in reproductive biology should also have this book on their shelves.—Thomas N. Wise, M.D., Editor, Psychosomatics

A long overdue book that is comprehensive, timely and practical. Its breadth encompasses many sides of the subject: history, values, law, ethics, gender, race, and age, even the psychological impact on men. It is practical; it can be used as a clinical guide for psychiatrists as they grapple with the psychiatric aspects of reproductive health.—Robert O. Pasnau, M.D., Director, Adult Psychiatric Clinical Services, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital

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