Abortion and the man. A research study
Riv Patol Nerv Ment. 1983 Nov-Dec;104(6):255-68.
[Abortion and the man. Psychological and psychopathological manifestations in the face of lost fatherhood].
Benvenuti P, Borri P, Buzzoni P, Clerici L, Rossi Monti M.
This study examines the psychological and psychopathological reactions that may appear in a man when his partner aborts. The small amount of literature that exists on the subjects was examined, and several men were, interviewed at the time their partners aborted voluntarely [sic]. It turns out that in spite of the man's lack of recognition of any reactions (reinforced by current attitudes and by the scant psychological and medical interest in the subject), there is considerable emotional involvement in the lost parenthood, both for the man and the woman. As revealed by the interviews, this involvement may manifest itself in persecutory or depressive anxiety and psychosomatic symptoms. Moreover, but very rarely, real and typical psychopathological symptoms may appear, such as depression and behavioural disorders. The appearance of these reactions is linked to the problems and conflicts aroused by prospective fatherhood, leading to a comparison between the experiences of fuliwed fatherhood and those of fatherhood lost.
PMID: 6543986 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]