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Abortions and Acute Identity Crisis in Nurses
WALTER F. CHAR; JOHN F. McDERMOTT, JR.
Am J Psychiatry 1972;128:952-957.
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Professor, Section of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Professor and Chairman, Section of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

1972, American Psychiatric Association

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On March 11, 1970, Hawaii became the first state to make abortion a personal matter to be decided between a woman and her physician. Within six weeks the authors were urgently consulted by two hospitals regarding the acute psychological reactions their nurses were having in response to their abortion work. A few group sessions with the nurses quickly revealed that their transient reactive symptoms were due to an acute identity crisis regarding their nursing role caused by their abortion activities.

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