Abortion Counseling: A Clinician's Guide to Psychology, Legislation, Politics, and Competency

Abortion Counseling: A Clinician's Guide to Psychology, Legislation, Politics, and Competency

by Rachel Needle, Lenore Walker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826102573

ISBN-13: 9780826102577

Pub. Date: 08/10/2007

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

The majority of women who have had abortions report feeling happy, satisfied, and relieved following their abortion. Some few women who have had an abortion may experience some feelings of guilt and sadness; however, this rarely lasts longer than a few days. Those very few women who present with prolonged feelings of sadness and mental health problems are women who

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The majority of women who have had abortions report feeling happy, satisfied, and relieved following their abortion. Some few women who have had an abortion may experience some feelings of guilt and sadness; however, this rarely lasts longer than a few days. Those very few women who present with prolonged feelings of sadness and mental health problems are women who have either had these problems prior to their abortion, had other risk factors, or were influenced by frightening demonstrations and inaccurate biased information provided prior to the abortion. Through this book the authors hope to train general therapists and counselors in pre- and post-abortion counseling techniques--to avoid women experiencing unnecessary psychological problems created by those who insist that the non-existent "post-abortion syndrome" exists.

Abortion counseling has a critical role to play in ensuring women's mental health is the priority and not the goals of a political agenda. Thus, Needle and Walker have taken on a complex, profound and essential task -- equipping therapists and abortion counselors with the knowledge and skills needed to help their clients -- and they have done it wellÖ. Readers of this book should [gain] an increased understanding of how women's diverse life circumstances affect their ability to cope with the difficult decisions and circumstances surrounding abortion. They will also be better able to build women's resilience and coping skills by having considered them both in the context of women's lives (e.g., coping resources, social support, partner violence, incidence of depression), and in the context of socio-political agendas that seek to manipulate women's mental health in order to undermine women's reproductive rights....In the final analysis, it is important to remember that abortion counseling is not about abortion - it is about women confronting the decision to bear a child - with all of the profound and life changing commitments and responsibilities that entails."
-- From the Foreword by Nancy Felipe Russo, PhD, Regents Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826102577
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/10/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments

    Foreword by Nancy Felipe Russo

    Preface: On a Personal Note

    Introduction

  1. Perspectives for the Mental Health Professional
  2. The Impact of Abortion Politics on Therapists
  3. Assessing Competency and Decision-Making Skills Of The Client
  4. Facts not Myths About Women's Reproductive Health
  5. Gauging Your client's Emotional Regulation and Good Decision-Making
  6. Is there a Post Abortion Syndrome?
  7. A Model Program for Post Abortion Counseling
  8. Impact of the Abortion Debate on Clinic Workers
  9. Summary and Conclusions
  10. Appendix 1: Pre-abortion Needs Assessment

    Appendix 2: Legislative Summaries for the United States

    Index

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