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Self psychology, Buddhism, and mindfulness meditation: An integrated conceptualization and treatment approach for women experiencing post-abortion distress


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Abortion is a complex phenomenon experienced by millions of women every year. Post-abortion distress, operationally characterized by feelings such as guilt, regret, sadness, depression, bereavement, and anxiety is found in approximately 9–26% of women who have an abortion. This dissertation reviews the literature surrounding the experience of abortion, including the psychodynamics of abortion and its relationship with mourning. Seeking to better understand the concepts discovered, a thorough review of the theories of self psychology, Buddhism, and mindfulness meditation is provided. Using these frameworks as lenses, the experiences of abortion and post-abortion distress are explored. This dissertation integrates several key elements of the aforementioned schools of thought, ultimately seeking to conceptualize the experience of post-abortion distress. In light of the integration, psychotherapy is discussed including implications for treatment, the therapeutic relationship, and the therapist. Following a descriptive analysis of these concepts, the discussion offers a summary, potential cultural implications, limitations, and recommendations for future theoretical and empirical efforts.

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Subject
Psychotherapy
Classification
0622: Psychotherapy
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Buddhism; Integrated conceptualization; Mindfulness meditation; Postabortion distress; Self-psychology; Women
Title
Self psychology, Buddhism, and mindfulness meditation: An integrated conceptualization and treatment approach for women experiencing post-abortion distress
Author
Noe, Allisun
Number of pages
97
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0971
Source
DAI-B 65/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496087679, 0496087673
Advisor
Komie, Michael
University/institution
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Psy.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3149645
ProQuest document ID
305057312
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305057312
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