Year: 1972 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.129, no.5, (1972), p.546-552 SIEC No: 19833076

The authors compared 40 women seeking therapeutic abortion with 52 pregnant women who were not requesting abortion. The women in the abortion group complained more frequently of depression, anxiety, insomnia, loss of libido, anorexia, and suicidal ideation. Their average MMPI scores were significantly elevated for most scales. The women in the abortion group were more likely to have received psychiatric treatment, and to reject the maternal role.