Volume 7, Issue 5, October 2018, Page: 82-88
Puerperal Pregnancy Psychopathology: The Psychic Space of Unsafe Abortion in a Gabonese Woman
Samuel Mbadinga, Departement of Psychology, the Omar Bongo University, Libreville, Gabon
Received: Sep. 30, 2018;       Accepted: Oct. 9, 2018;       Published: Dec. 18, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.pbs.20180705.11      View  586      Downloads  71
Abortion refers to what is taboo and that affects the sacred, which consists in taking the life of a human being. And many women never or rarely speak about abortion. The Gabonese woman, generally resorts to the etiology of witchcraft to order to justify, on one hand, illegal abortion, often presented as an involuntary supernatural and malefic fact, when the latter is known to those around her and, on the other hand, to explain some secondary sterility that has resulted from unsafe abortions. The purpose of this work is to examine, in the case of Mufune, the archaic level of the psychic investment of the fetus or the embryo as an imaginary object in utero, articulated with the discourse of family persecution because of the difficulties inherent in reproduction for a woman. Abortion, even unsecured, thus refers to feelings and the lived experience of women all of which are part of a specific psychic space. The latter is born with the joint emergence of the desire to have a child, the desire of pregnancy and the desire for maternity which take shape at the moment when the question of the continuation or not of the pregnancy arises, and is instituted with the act of abortion together with all of the psychic effects.
Psychopathology Gravido-puerperale, Psychic Space, Desire to Have a Child, Unsecured Abortion, Impossible Maternity, Imaginary Child, Gabonese Woman
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Samuel Mbadinga, Puerperal Pregnancy Psychopathology: The Psychic Space of Unsafe Abortion in a Gabonese Woman, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 7, No. 5, 2018, pp. 82-88. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20180705.11
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