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      Men’s Perceptions Concerning Disclosure of a Partner’s Abortion: Implications for Counseling

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      The European Journal of Counselling Psychology
      men, abortion, abortion counseling

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          Utilizing an online survey, adult male partners of women who underwent induced abortion were queried concerning the men’s disclosure of the experience to others. Responses were obtained from 101 men who identified positive and negative aspects related to their disclosure. Positive aspects included: relief, spiritual benefits, support, acceptance, empathy, forgiveness, helping others, acknowledgment of child, and increased understanding. Negative aspects included: lack of empathy, pain of facing reality, lack of resolution, and condemnation. For this group of men, disclosure was perceived positively more often than negatively. Implications for counseling are discussed.

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                Eur J Couns Psych
                The European Journal of Counselling Psychology
                Eur. J. Couns. Psych.
                31 March 2015
                : 3
                : 2
                : 159-173
                [a ]Alliance for Post-Abortion Research and Training (APART), Madison, WI, USA
                [b ]Alliance for Post-Abortion Research and Training (APART), Jacksonville, FL, USA
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                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                : 11 August 2014
                : 04 March 2015
                Self URI (journal-page): https://journals.psychopen.eu/

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