Psychological responses of women after first-trimester abortion.

  title={Psychological responses of women after first-trimester abortion.},
  author={Brenda Major and Catherine Cozzarelli and Mandy L. Cooper and Jo M. Zubek and Caroline Richards and Matthew J. Wilhite and Richard H. Gramzow},
  journal={Archives of general psychiatry},
  volume={57 8},
BACKGROUND Controversy exists over psychological risks associated with abortion. The objectives of this study were to examine women's emotions, evaluations, and mental health after an abortion, as well as changes over time in these responses and their predictors. METHODS Women arriving at 1 of 3 sites for an abortion of a first-trimester unintended pregnancy were randomly approached to participate in a longitudinal study with 4 assessments-1 hour before the abortion, and 1 hour, 1 month, and… 

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