Anxiety in Japanese women after elective abortion

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2001 Sep-Oct;30(5):490-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2001.tb01568.x.


Objective: To examine women's anxiety levels after elective abortion.

Design and setting: Women seeking elective abortion at six clinics in Japan were solicited to participate in a questionnaire survey.

Participants: Sixty-six Japanese women requesting abortion participated in this survey.

Main outcome measures: State anxiety was measured using Spielberger's State Trait Anxiety Inventory before and after abortion.

Results: Multiple regression analyses using predictor variables with a significant link to postabortion anxiety level showed that among potential predictors, a conservative attitude toward abortion was the most significant predictor of postabortion anxiety after controlling for the level of preabortion anxiety.

Conclusion: These findings suggest that a woman's attitude toward abortion and reproductive rights is an important but neglected factor influencing postelective abortion anxiety. Medical and nursing professionals should, therefore, take note of a woman's attitude toward abortion as a part of her mental health care.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced / nursing*
  • Abortion, Induced / psychology*
  • Adult
  • Anxiety*
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Pregnancy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Women's Health