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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2001 Sep-Oct;30(5):490-5.

Anxiety in Japanese women after elective abortion.

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School of Nursing, Shimane Medical University, Japan. kishida@shimane-med.ac.jp

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine women's anxiety levels after elective abortion.

DESIGN AND SETTING:

Women seeking elective abortion at six clinics in Japan were solicited to participate in a questionnaire survey.

PARTICIPANTS:

Sixty-six Japanese women requesting abortion participated in this survey.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

State anxiety was measured using Spielberger's State Trait Anxiety Inventory before and after abortion.

RESULTS:

Multiple regression analyses using predictor variables with a significant link to postabortion anxiety level showed that among potential predictors, a conservative attitude toward abortion was the most significant predictor of postabortion anxiety after controlling for the level of preabortion anxiety.

CONCLUSION:

These findings suggest that a woman's attitude toward abortion and reproductive rights is an important but neglected factor influencing postelective abortion anxiety. Medical and nursing professionals should, therefore, take note of a woman's attitude toward abortion as a part of her mental health care.

PMID:
11572529
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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