Abortion counseling, Pain
Four short-term interventions (relaxation instructions, cognitive imagery instructions, cognitive modeling, and vicarious modeling) were experienced by 105 first-trimester abortion patients, to determine their effects on abortion pain and self-efficacy in handling abortion pain, as measured by self-report. No significant differences were found among treatment group and controls. In fact, no significant increases were found among groups in the time the patients spent engaging in activities suggested by instructions.
However, abortion patients were found to show significant differences in abortion pain and distress by whether they had experienced natural childbirth training. Also, a sensitivity to staff attitudes was revealed by the finding of differences among counselors on patient pain sensations.
Abortion was found to. be more painful by the women in this experiment than has been previously reported. However, women were able to accurately predict how well they were I going to handle abortion pain and how distressed it was going to make them.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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McLendon, Sue, "Effects of Cognitive and Modeling Techniques on Pain Management in Abortion Patients" (1986). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4854.