Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Article excerpt

This edition of the Journal brings you new research and new perspectives on some of the enduring principals of Pre and Perinatal Psychology. Our field is growing in breadth and depth, both in subject matter and international scope. In our lead article, we welcome a collaboration of researchers from Ohio State University (Marilyn W. Lewis, Ph.D.), Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City (Barbara L. Lanzara, M.D.), Albert Einstein College of Medicine University Hospital in New York City (Janet L. Stein, M.D.) and Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York City (Deborah S. Hasin, Ph.D.). Their research investigated the link between prior maternal drinking patterns and drug use and subsequent subjective reactions to an overwhelming event, specifically the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York. This research provides evidence of widening interest in the prenatal period.

We welcome back Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. and Natalia Mufel with additional research from Belarus, a former Soviet Union Country. Their focus in this article is gender attitudes about contraception and pregnancy in Belarus. The situation in Belarus with regard to the prevalence of abortion as a tool for preventing unwanted births is sobering and a wake-up call for all of us to consider the individual tragedies that can result from the pretense that public policy and private beliefs and behaviors are in accord.

Franz Renggli, Ph.D., returns to our pages with an expanded discussion and revealing case studies from his work as a psychoanalyst and body psychotherapist in Basel, Switzerland. The continued need for therapists who work in the tradition of Frank Lake and William Emerson is illuminated in this article. Although much of what Dr. Renggli has to say will be familiar, his case studies bring personal depth and renewed relevance to the work.

John Sonne, M.D. addresses a new aspect of his continued work in the area of abortion trauma, widening the discussion to the potential impact of abortion ideation by fathers. There are many voices speaking out for the importance of fathers in the lives of their unborn children. Dr. Sonne reminds us that the impact of fathers can be positive or negative. …

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