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Group psychotherapy following repeat and delayed decision abortions: Demographic and personality factors associated with self-selection and responsiveness


1997 1997

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The present study explored predictors of self-selection and responsiveness to short term group psychotherapy following an abortion in a three phase series of investigations. In the first phase, discriminant function analyses were carried out separately for demographic, life circumstance, and personality factors to determine whether there were any variables that would differentiate women who elected to participate in short term group psychotherapy from those who refused. Results of these analyses revealed that group refusal was associated with higher numbers of previous abortions, higher levels of reported depressive affect, and representations of paternal figures as less punitive. In the second phase, one-way repeated ANOVA revealed that women who participated in the group had significantly higher scores on Loevingers Washington University Sentence Completion Test, a measure of ego development, at the end of the group than they had at the beginning of the group. Significant changes were also found with respect to representations of both maternal and paternal figures. The third phase of the study, which explored whether level of ego development would differentially predict response to intervention failed to reveal any significant effects.

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Subject
Psychotherapy;
Personality;
Social psychology;
Womens studies
Classification
0622: Psychotherapy
0625: Personality
0451: Social psychology
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Psychology; abortion
Title
Group psychotherapy following repeat and delayed decision abortions: Demographic and personality factors associated with self-selection and responsiveness
Author
Blonstein, Cheryl J.
Number of pages
93
Publication year
1997
Degree date
1997
School code
0483
Source
DAI-B 57/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780591203615, 0591203618
University/institution
Pace University
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Psy.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9711873
ProQuest document ID
304397607
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304397607
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