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Salud Mental 2014, 37 (4)

Author: Nancy Felipe Russo

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Salud Mental ISSN: 0185-3325 perezrh@imp.edu.mx Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz México Felipe Russo, Nancy Abortion, unwanted childbearing, and mental health Salud Mental, vol.
37, núm.
4, julio-agosto, 2014, pp.
283-291 Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz Distrito Federal, México Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=58231853002 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Salud Mental 2014;37:283-291 Abortion, unwanted childbearing, and mental health Abortion, unwanted childbearing, and mental health Nancy Felipe Russo* Artículo original Summary Resumen There is a substantial literature of correlational findings from studies in developed countries where abortion is legal that are riddled with methodological problems and selective biases that exaggerate post-pregnancy mental health risks of abortion while minimizing risks for unwanted childbearing.
Health professionals need to be able to critically evaluate this literature and use caution when generalizing findings across contexts differing in legal grounds for abortion.
The impact of diversity in women’s characteristics, circumstances, and reasons for avoiding childbirth has not been adequately incorporated in theory or research seeking to explain the variations that are found in women’s post-abortion mental health.
Critical reviews have established that predictors of problems after abortion or childbirth are similar.
Further, when a woman has an unwanted pregnancy, i.e., a pregnancy that she does not wish to end in a term birth, the likelihood that she will have post-pregnancy mental health problems is similar regardless of pregnancy outcome (abortion vs.
delivery). Selective sampling bias t...





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