The relationship between previous elective abortions and postpartum depressive reactions.

N. E. Devore

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Abstract

To test the hypothesis that primiparas who have had a previous elective abortion will have a higher incidence of depressive reactions postpartum than will primiparas who have not, 48 women pregnant for the first time and 25 who had had one abortion were interviewed six to eight weeks postpartum. No significant difference in the incidence of depression between the two groups could be found. In addition, when associations between their mean depression scores and other variables such as planned pregnancy, preferred infant sex, identified obstetrical problems, help at home, experiencing the baby blues, and an identified recent sad life event were calculated, no significant differences were noted. Spontaneous comments from the previously aborted women suggested that anxiety during pregnancy concerning the infant's health was a greater source of discomfort than was postpartum depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-240
Number of pages4
JournalJOGN nursing; journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing
Volume8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1979
Externally publishedYes

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Induced Abortion
Postpartum Period
Depression
Postpartum Depression
Incidence
Family Planning Services
Pregnant Women
Anxiety
Pregnancy
Infant Health

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The relationship between previous elective abortions and postpartum depressive reactions. / Devore, N. E.

In: JOGN nursing; journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing, Vol. 8, No. 4, 07.1979, p. 237-240.

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