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Trauma and grief 2-7 years after termination of pregnancy because of fetal anomalies--a pilot study.
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PMID:  15962717     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of the study was to obtain information on the long-term posttraumatic stress response and grief several years after termination of pregnancy due to fetal malformation. We investigated 83 women who had undergone termination of pregnancy between 1995 and 1999 and compared them with 60 women 14 days after termination of pregnancy and 65 women after the spontaneous delivery of a full-term healthy child. Women 2-7 years after termination of pregnancy were expected to show a significantly lower degree of traumatic experience and grief than women 14 days after termination of pregnancy. Contrary to the hypothesis, however, the results showed no significant intergroup differences with respect to the degree of traumatic experience. With the exception of one subscale (fear of loss), this also applied to the grief reported by the women. However, both groups differed significantly in their posttraumatic stress response from women who had given spontaneous birth to a full-term healthy child. The results indicate that termination of pregnancy is to be seen as an emotionally traumatic major life event which leads to severe posttraumatic stress response and intense grief reactions that are still detectable some years later.
A Kersting; M Dorsch; C Kreulich; M Reutemann; P Ohrmann; E Baez; V Arolt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0167-482X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2005 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-20     Completed Date:  2005-10-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8308648     Medline TA:  J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  9-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, University of Muenster, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Eugenic / psychology*
Fetal Diseases
Life Change Events
Pilot Projects
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology*

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