Skip to comments.Study Confirms Abortion Increases Risk of Depression
Posted on 08/07/2008 4:05:52 PM PDT by wagglebee
OSLO, Norway, August 7, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A 2008 study by the University of Oslo in Norway has found that young adult women who have had abortions are more likely to become depressed.
The study, which involved 768 women between the ages of 15 and 27, was carried out in order to "investigate whether induced abortion was a risk factor for subsequent depression."
According to Willy Pedersen from the University's Department of Sociology and Human Geography, who conducted the study, past studies have suffered in accuracy due to bad design, specifically a lack of control of "compounding factors."
The new study strove to prevent this problem by creating a comprehensive list of factors to question women on, including, "depression, induced abortion and childbirth, as well as sociodemographic variables, family relationships and a number of individual characteristics, such as schooling and occupational history and conduct problems."
Women in the sample who had abortions while in their twenties were "more likely to score above the cut-off point for depression," and although the likelihood was reduced when the compounding factors were accounted for, their propensity to become depressed "remained significant."
The study concluded that, "Young adult women who undergo induced abortion may be at increased risk for subsequent depression."
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So much for the "relief" that comes from getting rid of a "clump of cells."
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This study will be vehemently attacked no doubt.
It will be blamed on the religious right for making them feel guilty.
If he's going to report on this stuff, he should probably learn the lingo.
It is an interesting study with a nice size sample.
Abortion is a philosophical and political argument and very little a medical one. How did they figure in such factors? I would be interested in seeing such studies compare and contrast women who offer their children for adoption or who kept them say as bastards. If we are looking for mental health we may as well consider the common alternatives. Otherwise these studies are published as political tracts about abortion.
The researcher is Norwegian, so it may be in the translation; however, I believe that EITHER “compounding” or “confounding” would work, though they would mean different things.
So are you for abortion or against it? The “bastard” comment threw me off.
You need a politically cleaned "child of a single mother parent" in lieu of "bastard?" As I said it's one of the major life styles today. My question still stands. What are the psychological outcomes of the alternative lifestyles. All we hear is that of mothers of aborted children. I'm not looking for a political/philosophical debate, just the medical consequences.
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