• Herman Strydom Social Work, School of Psycho-Social Behavioural Sciences, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa.
  • Susan Humpel Social Work Department, Potchefstroom Hospital Health Department, North West Province, South Africa.



Every woman, regardless of age, race or background with an unwanted pregnancy whoconsiders abortion as an option has a need for objective and professional counselling.Legislation provides for pre-abortion counselling for the pregnant woman who requestsabortion (Howes & Green, 1997:18; Taylor, 1997:vi). The literature confirms the importance ofpre-abortion counselling for the pregnant woman who considers abortion as an option (Howes& Green, 1997:18; McCulloch, 1996:67). It also indicates that pre-abortion counsellingcorresponds with crisis intervention and calls for skills and expertise in the counsellor(McCulloch, 1996:67; Schlossberg & Achtemeier, 1995:110; Sekudu, 2001:94; Van der Berg,1997:78). Crisis intervention as a model for pre-abortion counselling is presented in this article,accompanied by relevant contextual aspects and am emphasis on the importance of preabortioncounselling. Finally, the findings of the empirical investigation are also discussed.


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How to Cite

Strydom, H., & Humpel, S. (2014). AN EXAMINATION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PRE-ABORTION COUNSELLING. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 45(2).




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