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Counselling needs of women seeking abortions

  • M. J. Hare (a1) and Jane Heywood (a2)


Over the course of a year, 162 women requesting termination of pregnancy were assessed by interview by both a consultant gynaecologist and a medical social worker. Only thirteen (8%) were referred as requiring medical advice and most of these basically had social problems. In contrast, 85 (52%) were found to require the help of the medical social worker for either detailed counselling or various supportive measures.



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Hook, K. (1963) Refused abortion: a follow-up study of 249 women where applications were refused by the National Board of Health in Sweden. Acta psychiat. scand. 39, Suppl.168, 10.


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