The Silent Sympathy:
A Study of Attitudes Toward Spontaneous Abortion

Dorothy Marcic Hai, Ed.D., M.P.H.
School of Business
St. Bonaventure University

Deborah H. Sullivan, Ph.D
Department of Sociology
Arizona State University


A study of 560 health professionals and students indicated widespread sympathy for miscarriage patients: 83 per cent of respondents rated the emotional support needs of miscarriage patients above the average rating they provided for seventeen other medical conditions. Interestingly, those involved in the delivery of health care were less likely than those not involved to rate emotional support needs of miscarriage patients higher than average. The need to provide strong emotional support systems for these women and training for health care professionals is stressed.

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