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Self-image, Abortion, Politics and Population

A study of changes in self-concept and levels of depression conducted in 1971-1973 at former Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the reaction of women to pregnancy following the introduction of legalised abortion in South Australia. Personality, changes in self-image and levels of depression were investigated in three groups:

Group A: Women whose application for termination of pregnancy was either refused or granted.

Group B: Women who did not seek termination of pregnancy.

Group C: Women who gave birth after refusal of application for termination.

Levels of depression were found to change over the period of observation. Research was conducted at The University of Adelaide, former Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and homes for unmarried mothers.


Presented by Hubert A Kimber