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Source: Medical Science Monitor
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1. Cougle, Jesse R.
Reardon, David C.
Coleman, Priscilla K.
Depression Associated with Abortion and Childbirth: A Long-term Analysis of the NLSY Cohort
Medical Science Monitor 9,4 (April 2003): CR105-112.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Medical Science International Ltd.
Keyword(s): Abortion; Depression (see also CESD); Health, Mental; Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes

Permission to reprint the abstract has not been received from the publisher.

Existing research pertaining to emotional reactions to abortion is limited by (a) short follow up periods, (b) the absence of information on prior psychological state, and (c) lack of nationally representative samples. Therefore the purpose of this study was to compare women with a history of abortion vs. delivery relative to depression using a nationally representative longitudinal design, which enabled inclusion of a control for prior psychological state.

Material/Methods: The current study employed data for all women from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) who experienced their first pregnancy event (abortion or childbirth) between 1980 and 1992 (n=1,884). Depression scores in 1992, an average of 8 years after the subjects' first pregnancy events, were compared after controlling for age, race, marital status, divorce history, education, income, and external locus of control scores. The latter was used to control for pre-pregnancy psychological state. Results were also examined separately for groups based on race, marital status, and divorce history.

Bibliography Citation
Cougle, Jesse R., David C. Reardon and Priscilla K. Coleman. "Depression Associated with Abortion and Childbirth: A Long-term Analysis of the NLSY Cohort." Medical Science Monitor 9,4 (April 2003): CR105-112.