Social psychiatry

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 155–160 | Cite as

Women's experience of the abortion procedure

  • L. Jacobsson
  • F. Solheim


The article describes a study of 132 women who have had a legal abortion regarding their experience of a shortened abortion investigation consisting only of contact with a social worker and a gynaecologist, and their experiences of the abortion. We have found an astonishingly positive assessment of the “investigation”. Nearly half the women considered that some form of contact with e. g. the social worker should be compulsory even if abortion is “free”. Most of the women felt “calm and relief” after the operation while a small proportion (5–8 %) were “depressed and anxious” immediately afterwards. These and other results are discussed in connection with the new Swedish abortion law.


Public Health Small Proportion Social Worker Legal Abortion Positive Assessment 
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© Springer-Verlag 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Jacobsson
    • 1
    • 2
  • F. Solheim
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of PsychiatryUniversity of UmeåUnieåSweden
  2. 2.Dept. of GynaecologyUniversity of UmeåUmeåSweden

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