Brief Synopsis of Scientific Articles

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Science



This incomplete list of Dr. Ney’s published research and writings are provided with a very brief synopsis to whet your appetite to learn more. The references are given so you may look them up in the individual journals or at where you may be able to obtain a free download. Failing that, for a very small price, we can email you scanned copies, more than one is easier. Feedback, questions, comments, agreement and disagreements are welcome. Some of the oldest studies are still relevant.



Abortion: a right or treatment: People have a right to good treatment as long as it is available, necessary, beneficial and relatively free of harmful side effects. But no one has a right for any particular medical, surgical or psychiatric act or therapy.  To make any procedure a right, e.g. “you must cut my arm off doc. It is my body and my choice. I don’t need it right now and it won’t stop aching” will destroy medicine as a profession.

Ney, P.G (1990). Abortion: A right or a treatment? Canadian Medical Association Journal, 143(6), 467.


The child and death: A clinical case written with the pediatrician whose cheerful patient had just died of a prolonged illness. His little brother insisted on climbing into the hospital bed and staying there till he also died. Why?

Ney, P.G. & Barry, J.E. (1983) Children Who Survive. New Zealand Medical Journal, 96:127-129.


A Consideration of Abortion Survivors This is a description of the major conflicts and consequently the likely problems of children who have aborted siblings based on clinical cases.

Ney, P.G. (1983). A Consideration of Abortion Survivors. Child Psychiatry Human Development, 13: 168-179.


The effects of pregnancy loss on women’s health: A careful study of women waiting to see their family physician, data was collected from a self-report questionnaire covering the full range of the person’s pregnancies plus the assessment of the physician, patient and research nurse.  It is still one of the best studies because it was a large representative sample comparing all kinds of pregnancy outcome. We found all types of pregnancy loss had an adverse effect in many parameters of health but the impact of abortion was much greater.

Ney, P.G., Fung, T., Wickett, A.R., Beaman-Dodd, C. (1994). The Effects of Pregnancy Loss on Women’s Health. Social Science Medicine. 38(9), 1193-1200.


Infant abortion and child abuse: cause and effect: We found statistically significant data to show those who have an abortion are more likely to mistreat their children and those who were abused the neglected as children are more likely to choose an abortion.

Ney, P.G. (1980). Infant Abortion and Child Abuse: Cause and Effect. Child &Family, 19: 139-49.


Maternal health and abortion: review and analysis. This is an early review of many harmful effects of abortion that took the threat of one member of the editorial board to get it published.

Ney, P.G. & Wickett, A.R. (1989). Mental Health and Abortion: Review and Analysis. Psychiatry University Ottawa, 14, 506-516.


Some real issues surrounding abortion. When a colleague was writing about a tolerant attitude to abortion, I responded with some basic facts and logic. You can only have abortion if it is good medicine and beneficial for women. There is still no evidence of abortion benefiting women partly because those who perform or promote abortions have not accepted their burden to prove abortion is necessary, beneficial and harmless because they have had so much well promoted public support for abortion as a woman’s right.

Ney, P.G. (1993). Some Real Issue Surrounding Abortion, Journal Clinical Ethics, 4: 179-180.


Relationship between abortion and child abuse. When published (1979) this paper got the editor of CJPsych and me into deep hot water. Finding there was a positive correlation between rates of child abuse and rates of abortion contradicted the popular notion that providing freely available abortion would reduce the rate of unwanted children and virtually eliminate child abuse and neglect. The availability of abortion is closely correlated to an increase the rates of childhood mistreatment.

Ney, P.G. (1979). The Relationship between Abortion and Child Abuse, Canadian Journal Psychiatry, 24, 610-620,


Relationship between induced abortion and child abuse and neglect: four studies. This relationship was examined in four separate studies. They all show a positive correlation.  Moreover after an abortion mothers respond poorly to their infant’s helpless cry. Abortion appears to interfere with the parent’s capacity to bond to subsequent babies and the lack of good bonding is closely related to more abuse and neglect.

Ney, P.G., Fung, T., Wickett, A.R. (1993).  Relationship between Induced Abortion and Child Abuse and Neglect: Four Studies. Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal,. 8, 43-63.


Abortion and family psychology: a study in progress. It appears that abortion disturbs the family’s equilibrium, partly by making the living children wonder why they were chosen to live and their siblings sentenced to death. This is only one of a tangle of inter-related conflicts.

Ney, P.G. (1999). Abortion and Family Psychology: A study in progress. Canadian Journal of Diagnosis, 16(1), 113-119.


Deaths associated with pregnancy outcome. The principal investigator (David Reardon) and colleagues using government collected data on 186,000 women on Medicaid and a case controlled methodology found abortion was related to significantly increased rates of suicide, homicide, AIDS, physical illness and psychiatric admission.

Reardon, D.C., Ney, P.G., Scheuren, F. et al. (2002). Deaths Associated with Pregnancy Outcome: A Record Linkage Study of Low Income Women. Southern Medical Journal, 95 (8), 834-841.


Post Abortion Survivor Syndrome (PASS) (2013 & 2010). We had a long term research project that determined the signs and symptoms of those who were chosen to live while their siblings died by abortion. There is a constellation of conflicts and difficulties that cluster around the primary symptom, “I feel I don’t deserve to be alive”. Clinicians should become familiar with the whole list of typical symptoms so they can better differentiate PASS from other disease and disordered entities.

Ney, P.G., Gajowy, M., Sheils, C.K. (2006) Post Abortion Survivor Syndrome: Signs and Symptoms.  Southern Medical Journal. Dec 99 (12), 1405-1406.

Ney, P.G., Sheils, C., Gajowy, M. (2010) Post Abortion Survivor Syndrome, J Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health, 25: 107- 129.


Abortion and subsequent substance abuse (2000) Controlling for relevant variables we found that women who aborted their first pregnancy were 5 times more likely than women who carried their baby to term to abuse alcohol.  It appears that women using alcohol and prescription drugs are self-medicating for their post-partum depression but their attempts at self-treatment or at least symptom relief only makes them worse. When they are prescribed antidepressants it prolongs their underlying pathological grief which may not resolve for years.

Reardon, D.C. &, Ney, P.G. (2000) Abortion and subsequent substance abuse.  American Journal Drug Alcohol Abuse, 26(1), 61-75.


Psychiatric admission of low income women following abortion and childbirth. For psychiatric admission, the adjusted odds ratio for women who abort compared to women who give birth at 90 days post-partum is 2.6 and at 2 years is 2.1 indicating that abortion do conflicts don’t “just go away”. Abortion leads to an approximate 200% increase in mental illness (not just depression). These results are similar to those in Finland and Denmark.

Reardon, D.C., Ney, P.G., Cougle, J.R., Rue, V.M., Shuping, M.W., Coleman, P.K. (2003).  Psychiatric Admissions of Low-Income Women Following Abortion and Childbirth.  Canadian Medical Association Journal, 168 (10), 1253-6.

Suicide associated with pregnancy outcome: a record linkage study of low income women. Compared to those who delivered their babies, women who aborted had an adjusted risk of 2.54 from suicide and 1.82 from accidents and controlling for previous psych admissions the RR for suicides was 3.12. This 300%+ increase in suicides agrees with many other studies (Gissler) who found approximately a 600% increase in suicide in Finland following abortion.

Reardon, D.C., Ney, P.G., Scheuren, F.J. et al. (2002). Suicide Associated with Pregnancy Outcome: A Record Linkage Study of Low Income American Women.  New Research Poster Presentation. American Psychiatric Association Meeting Philadelphia, May 27, 2002.


Psychiatric and demographic factors that determine pregnancy outcome (2013). From step-wise analyses it appears the closest correlation of having an abortion is with a woman being neglected as a child, her mother having an abortion, being an abortion survivor and being sexually abused.

Ney, P.G. (2013). Psychiatric and Demographic Factors that Determine Pregnancy Outcome. WebmedCentral, 4(1), WMC003978.


How partner support of an adolescent affects her pregnancy outcome. Without partner support during pregnancy, young women are statistically more likely to choose an abortion. Support by parents and physicians appears to negate partner interest and increases the chance of abortion.

Ney, P.G., Peeters-Ney, M.A., Fung, T., Sheils, C. (2013) How Partner Support of an Adolescent Affects Her Pregnancy Outcome. WebmedCentral, 4(2),WMC004076.



Causes of child abuse and neglect. It is possible use visual analogue scales to measure the extent of abuses and neglects.  Adults and children attribute causes quite differently. Children indicate they think their parent’s immaturity (p< 0.000) is the most likely cause of their mistreatment. Having too many children as a cause for mistreatment was not significant.

NEY, P.G., Wickett, A.R., Fung,T. (1992). Causes of Child Abuse and Neglect. Canadian Journal Psychiatry, 37, 401-405.


Child abuse: a study of the child’s perspective. Children, hospital staff and parents attribute the reason for 5 different kinds of mistreatment quite differently. For example, mildly physically abused children blame themselves but not when the abuse is severe. Verbally abuse children were more angry and pessimistic about the future.

Ney, P.G., McPhee, J., Moore, C., Trought, P. (1986). Child Abuse: A Study of the Child’s Perspective. Child Abuse Neglect. 10. 511-518.


Child Mistreatment: possible reasons for its trans-generational transmission. Probably one of the best papers I have written. It seems that children and adults in an attempt to conserve energy (temporarily defeat entropy) will re-enact unresolved conflicts. Thus repeating tragedy is not just stupid but is an adaptive mechanism, providing the person one more opportunity to see why and how it all happened in the first place.

Ney, P.G. (1989) Child Mistreatment: Possible Reasons for its Transgenerational Transmission., Canadian Journal Psychiatry, 34, 594-601.


Child neglect: the precursor of child abuse.  There are many kinds of child neglect, e.g. not welcomed, not known, not breast fed, not cuddled, not protected from parents fighting that occur before abuse and make the child more vulnerable and more susceptible to various forms of abuse. It is probably the effects of neglect that are attributed to damages from later abuse.

Ney, P.G., FUNG, T., Wickett, A.R. (1993). Child Neglect: The Precursor to Child Abuse. Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal., 8(2), 95-112.


Child crises: who to tell?  Children more readily inform each other than they do parents or teachers when they are mistreated. They fear family breakup or being placed in foster care if they tell adults. This survey of students, teachers etc. was done in anticipation of establishing and child crisis line in New Zealand.

Ney, P.G., and Herron, J.A. (1985) Children in Crisis: To Whom Should They Turn? New Zealand medical Journal, 98, 283-286.


Does verbal abuse leave deeper scars: a study of children and parents. Both groups find they are more adversely affected by verbal abuse than they are by physical or sexual abuse. The damage of verbal abuse is more lasting partly because people will tend to verbally abuse themselves with the same words used on them for the rest of their lives.

Ney, P.G. (1987). Does Verbal Abuse Leave Deeper Scars: A Study of Children & Parents., Canadian Journal Psychiatry, 32, 371-378.


Transgenerational child abuse. Verbal abuse and emotional neglect are the forms of mistreatment that are statistically most likely to be passed from one generation to the next. Physical and sexual abuse is significantly less likely to be perpetrated by parents who were abused in that way. Adults tend to pick partners who abuse them as they were abused as children in spite of their intentions not to.

Ney,P.G. (1988) Transgenerational Child Abuse. Child Psychiatry Human Development, 18, 151-168.


Triangles of abuse: a model of maltreatment. Child abuse and family tragedies occur with the contributions of Perpetrator, Victim and Observer each person or group contributing to a rotating triangle. Although the perpetrator is usually punished, the observers contribute more to the tragedy but avow they didn’t see it, hear it and couldn’t have done anything to stop it.

Ney, P.G.  (1988) Triangles of Child Abuse: A Model of Maltreatment, Child Abuse Neglect, 12, 363-373.


The worst combinations of child abuse and neglect. In 94% of clinical cases, abuses and neglects occur together. Any time a child is sexually abused they most frequently were also neglected. The damage to self-esteem and optimism attributed to sex abuse is usually from the impact of neglect. The most damaging combinations always included physical or emotional neglect.

Ney, P.G., Fung,T. Wickett, .A.R. (1994) The Worst Combinations of Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Abuse and Neglect, 18(9), 705-714.


The social and legal ramifications of a child crisis line. We established New Zealand’s first crisis line for children with the policy we would include the family and maintain confidentiality.  In this way we had more community support and fewer fears of children being apprehended by social services.

Ney, P.G., Johnson, I, Herron, J. (1985). Social and Legal Ramifications of a Child Crisis Line. Child Abuse Neglect, 9, 47-55.


Aggressive behavior and learning difficulties as symptoms of depression in children. (86) It took a long time for psychiatrists to recognize children become depressed and most still have not acknowledged that unlike adults, depressed children may become restless. Then they are then misdiagnosed and professionally mistreated as hyperactive (ADHD). Almost no one understands that most of these “depressed” children are grieving aborted siblings.

Ney, P.G., Colbert, P., Newman, B., Young, J. (1986). Aggressive Behavior and Learning Difficulties as Symptoms of Depression in Children,, Child Psychiatry Human Development, 17, 3-14.

Colbert, P., Newman, B., Ney, P.G., Young, J.  (1982). Learning Disabilities as a Symptom of Depression in Children, Journal Learning Disability, 15, 333-336.



Infantile Autism All the symptoms of autism can be explained by these children’s hypersensitive hearing. They are not abnormal but super-normal. With appropriate treatment they can live joyful productive lives.

Ney, P.G. (1974). Infantile Autism.  Canadian Psychiatry Association Journal, 19,133-135.


Chinese autistic children. Classical autistic children have beautiful faces and some amazing musical skills. However because the world confronts them with such loud cacophony, they withdraw and soon become antisocial. Their sensitive hearing can be a great asset for music and language.

Ney, P.G., Lieh-Mak, F., Cheng, R., Collins, W. (1979). Chinese Autistic Children.  Journal Society Psychiatry,14,147-150.


A psycho-pathogenesis of autism.  I studied autism under carefully controlled conditions and there is no doubt they are fascinated by soft music but terrified by loud sounds. By God’s grace I also set up 7 programs in different cities for autistic children. The key to good outcomes seems to lie in being quite around autistic children and following their initiatives.

Ney, P.G. (1979). A Psycho-pathogenesis of Autism. Child Psychiatry Human Development, 9: 195-205.


Autism, its detection, causes and treatment. As long as clinicians are convinced that autism is pathological condition they will miss the appropriate treatment and unique opportunities these wonderfully gifted children possess.

Ney, P.G. (2004) Re: Autism – Its Detection, Causes, and Treatment. Canadian Journal Psychiatry, 49: (7), 500.


Depression in children. Children become depressed as often as adults do. The trouble is that because they have different symptoms than adults they are often missed of misdiagnosed. They are adversely affect by loses to a greater degree than adults and usually try to understand what happened by marrying someone with whom the can re-enact the earlier trauma and hopefully learn how they were conflicted in the initial instance.

Ney, P.G. (1977). Depression in Children. Hong Kong Journal Mental Health, 6, 21-25.


Four types of Hyperkinesis Now diagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Spectrum Disorder, this paper reports an important discovery that there are 4 groups of children who have very different problems that partly express themselves and increased activity. They can be readily distinguished with good child psychiatric examination. They need quite different treatment. Only the chemical type needs Ritalin.

Ney, P.G.  (1974) Four Types of Hyperkinesis. Canadian Psychiatry Association Journal. 19, 543-550.



The prolife position on euthanasia. A God loving person can be prolife for themselves and others until they die. Using the departure of a person’s spirit to indicate when they die, resolves many questions about when to disconnect the various life support apparatus.

Ney, P.G. (1994). The Prolife Position on Euthanasia. CMQ, February 1994, 29-33.


Physician Assisted Suicide.  Every physician should swear that they will always treat all their patients to the best of their ability and the limit of their resources world-wide. This would mean they seldom use heroic methods to resuscitate and maintain a physical life because there are so many others whose lives would be saved with basic anti-malarials and antibiotics they cannot afford or obtain.

Ney, P.G. (1999) Physician-assisted suicide. Annals Royal College Physicians Surgeons Canada, 32(8), 458.


Ethical dilemmas in medicine. Since truth is unitary it is not hard to maintain a good moral position that coincides with good medical science.

Ney, P.G. (1984). Ethical Dilemmas in Medicine. Annals RCPSC, 17(6), 465-466.


A case of parental abuse.  As the value of older people has declined and the cost of their care accelerated, it becomes too easy to hurt elders if they don’t cooperated or hurry up. Thank God this is generally offset by very loving and professional staff but even good people can lose their cool.

Ney, P.G.& Mulvihill, D. A Case of Parental Abuse, Journal Victimology, 7: 194-198.




Ethical dilemmas in psychiatry and medicine. Few professionals seem to know or care that Hippocrates and his colleagues (300 yrs. BC) began modern medicine when they swore by their gods to never poison or abort their patients. Before that time physicians had a dual obligation to cure if possible and kill the patient with Hemlock if they failed to cure. This oath gradually led to patients trusting their physicians. At this time this hard won confidence in doctors is being destroyed as once again physicians abort and poison their patients.

Ney, P.G. (1983). Ethical Dilemmas in psychiatry. New Zealand Medical Journal, 96, 939-41.


Life in the balance. Throughout history humans have been vulnerable to the forces for life and death. Few people realize how easily this balance is tipped toward frequent suicide, self exploding martyrs, war, enforced famine and weapons of mass destruction.

Ney, P.G. Life in the Balance 1977 Pioneer Publishing, Victoria, BC, Canada.


A prolife position on Euthanasia.  Since truth is unitary, what is morally good is medically good and pragmatically beneficial to all. Euthanasia will destroy patient-doctor trust and thus make the practice and the cost of medicine much greater. The doctor should swear I will always treat all of my patients to the limit of my resources and skill.

Ney, P.G. (1994). The Prolife Position on Euthanasia. CMQ, February 1994, 29-33.

A Pro-Life Position on Euthanasia


Putting your ethics on display. When I was graduating in medicine we all had to solemnly swear or agree to the Hippocratic Oath. That practice stopped about 25 years ago. Now patients don’t know what is their physician’s on abortion, euthanasia etc. So I now hang a statement of my own ethics in my waiting room. Agree or dissent, almost all my patients are very glad to know where I stand.

Ney, P.G. (1990). Putting Your Ethics on Display, Canadian Medical Association Journal, 142, 752.


The universal ethic of mutual benefit. The pragmatic morality of God, spoken by Jesus is simple and effective. When Jesus orders you to love your neighbour that is as good for you as it is your neighbour, family or enemy. You cannot benefit at the expense of your neighbour. If it isn’t good for your neighbour it is not good for you. I gave this paper by invitation to the Department of Deontology, University of Ankara Turkey where the retiring chairman and I did a role play demonstrating the frustration of Hippocrates try to persuade Pythagoras to drink some new remedy, until he raised his hands to the heavens and swore by his gods to never poison, abort or take advantage of his patients.

Ney, P.G. (1994). The Universal Ethic of Mutual Benefit. The Turkish Journal of Medical Ethics, 2, 53-56.


Our patient’s seven unspoken questions. These questions include: will you always treat me, if not why not? Will you take all of my complaints seriously? Etc. The physician can be quite sure those questions are in the back of their patient’s mind and they should be addressed whether or not they are spoken.

Ney, P.G., Ney, P.M. (1986). Our Patients’ Seven Unspoken Questions.. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 35, 879-880.


Existential questions for physics and psychiatry. Some of psychiatry’s earliest roots were in existentialism. But psychiatrists realized they could not address their patient’s questions of “why am I” and “where will I eventually end up”, without addressing their own similar questions about the meaning of life. Since most were avowed atheists they had to disregard existentialism. Physics has kept asking why and their science is much the better for it.

Ney, P.G. 1991). Existential Questions for Physics and Psychiatry. Journal of Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Psychology: Medicine and Mind,  1-2: 13-29.



Psychosis in a child associated with amphetamine.   Amphetamine has been used to affect a quietening and concentrating effect in hyper-active children. In this case the child became calmer but began hallucinating. It was difficult to determine if the amphetamines did more harm or good.

Ney, P.G. (1967). Psychoses in a Child Associated with Amphetamine Administration. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 97: 1026-1029. Abstracted for Modern Medicine and Review of Allergy.


Combined psychotherapy and deconditioning of a child’s phobia. The combination of these 2 modalities works smoothly and effectively. Psychotherapists should be skilled at both.

Ney, P.G. (1968). Combined Treatments of a Child Phobia, Canadian Psychiatry Association Journal, 13: 293-294.


Combined therapies in a family group. Although some may disagree, it appears that behavioral techniques and analytic play therapy work well together. This combination with a 13 year old school phobic girl was more effective. Having had good training in play therapy and various types of conditioning, I found these combined with no difficulty in family therapy. These were early attempts to synthesis in a new group programs. These programs worked well together. This was the forerunner of Hope Alive

Ney, P.G. (1967). Combined Therapies in a Family Group. Canadian Psychiatry Association Journal, 12: 379-385.


Psychodynamics in Behavior Therapies There are purists upholding the tradition of psychoanalysis and others fighting for the purity of behavioral techniques but as this paper points out, they have many aspects in common.

Ney, P.G. (1968). Psychodynamics of Behaviour Therapies. Canadian Psychiatrt Association Journal, 13, 555-559.


Relative effectiveness of Operant Conditioning and Play Therapy childhood in Childhood Schizophrenia. Both modes were effective depending on what was being measured. In a cross over design both groups show improvement in mental age and the amount of speech. If the play therapy occurred first the amount of improvement from conditioning was greater.

Ney, P.G., Palvesky, A.E., Markely, J. (1971). Relative Effectiveness of Operant Conditioning and Play Therapy in Schizophrenic Children.  Journal Autism Child Schizophrenia, 1, 337-349.


The Treatment of Abused Children: The natural sequence of events. From the treatment of abused and neglected children and their parents, it could be concluded there are seven phases that naturally follow each other. It begins with realization and ends with reconciliation and reconstruction.

Ney, P.G. (1987). The Treatment of Abused Children: The Natural Sequence of Events.  American Journal Psychotherapy, 46,391-401.


The effectiveness of child psychiatric inpatient care. After 900 admissions, there was statistically significant evidence of good results from this model of care which included a predetermined period of hospitalizations.

Ney, P.G., Mulvihill, D., Hanna, R. (1984). The Effectiveness of Child Psychiatry Inpatient Treatment. ( Victoria, BC.  Canadian Journal Psychiatry, 29, 26-30.


The effectiveness of a Child Psychiatric Unit: a follow-up study. Although in medicine the usual practice is to discharge patients after they are well. This doesn’t work well in expensive units with problems involving the whole family.  In Christchurch, NZ, the 2 week pre admission evaluation including home visits, 5 week intensive treatment and 3 week follow-up works significantly better than the standard model.

Ney, P.G., Adam, R.R., Hanton, B.R., Brindad, E.S. (1988). The Effectiveness of a Child Psychiatric Unit: A Follow-up Study.  Canadian Journal Psychiatry, 33: 793-799.


The intravaginal absorption of male generated hormones and their possible effect on female behavior. Male generated female and male hormones, TSH and at least 15 prostaglandins in the seminal fluids and given at intercourse are quickly absorbed by an active transport mechanism in the female vagina. They appear to beneficially affect her mood and health.  The same phenomena probably happens with the penis absorbing female hormones.  This may be partly why happily married couples live longer.

Ney, P.G. (1986). The Intravaginal Absorption of Male Generated Hormones.  Medical Hypotheses, 20, 221-231.


Double Blind: Double talk or are there ways to do better research.  Having analyzed the research studies using the double blind (golden standard) methodology reported in all major English medical and psychiatric journals over a decade, we discovered almost no one checked to determine whether or not the subject and the experimenter were blind to which pill was medication which was placebo. When they did check the guesses were never 50:50. In fact a double blind study using humans or animals is virtually impossible but medical scientists keep using them. In our own study we found that the subject, staff and research staff could guess correctly at better than 50:50.

Ney, P.G., Collins, C., Spenser, C. (1986). Double Blind Double Talk. Medical Hypotheses, 20: 119-126.


Effect of Contingent and Non-contingent reinforcement of the communication behavior of and autistic child. Both contingent and non-contingent rewards (given with strict controls) improve this child’s pro-social behavior. Moreover if the non-contingent, (“unconditional love”) was applied first the conditional reinforcement of specific behavior showed greater improvement.

Ney, P.G. (1973). Effect of Contingent and Non-Contingent Reinforcement on the Behaviour of an Autistic Child. Journal Autism Child Schizophrenia, 3 (2), 115-127.


Helping Patients Cope with Pregnancy Loss.  Women bond less well if they have not well grieved a previous pregnancy loss. Grieving a loss by abortion is probably the most difficult grief because almost all the conditions for good grief are not met e.g. do not see or touch the body.

Ney, P.G. (1987). Helping Patients Cope with Pregnancy Loss. Contemporary Ob/Gyn, 29: 117-130.


Grief work for adolescents: how the family physician can help. The usual stages of grief in adults are different in adolescents but there is a natural sequence. Children up to 12 years generally believe loss is not permanent.

Ney, P.G. (1987). Grief Work for Adolescents.  Psychiatry in Canada, 1, 95-102.


Early hypothesis testing in patient interviews.  Not everyone can understand or benefit from insight. Before attempting insight-oriented treatment, the clinician should determine this with observation, hypothesis, test and retest.

Ney, P.G. (1985). Early Hypothesis Testing in Patient Interviews. Journal General Practice New Zealand, 20-21.


Results of group psychotherapy for abuse, neglect and pregnancy loss.  Many grief and post abortion psychotherapy programs claim to be effective but few have attempted to measure their results. The Hope Alive program is very effective in most areas such as anger control, hopelessness and family relationships but some did not reach levels of significance. For this and other reasons all Hope Alive counselors are required to do before and after measures. Counselees attribute their benefit mostly to: insight into roots of behavior, empathetic understanding and an understanding of theoretical roots of behavior.

Ney, P.G., Ball, K., Sheils, C. (2010). Results of Group Psychotherapy for Abuse, Neglect and Pregnancy Loss. Current Women’s Health Reviews, 6, 332-340.


A Common Sense Response to the NCCMH Review This is a careful and comprehensive review of draft position paper for the Royal College of Psychiatry which reviewed over 42,000 papers and article to answer the question does the Abortion Law in England meet its intended objective to provide abortions only if “….it is necessary to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman. I submitted over 100 comments which were politely received and some were incorporated. “The short answer is there is no evidence to answer this question mainly because they did not compare the mental health of English women before and after the 1967 Abortion Act. In addition there are many methodological errors and biases that make this very expensive exercise useless. However every sincere critic of abortion practices should read this paper.”

Ney, P.G. (2013) A Common Sense Scientific Critique of the NCCMH and Royal College of Psychiatry Review. WebmedCentral 2013; 4(10): WMC004429


Comments on the Draft Guidelines by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the practice of Abortion.  “I carefully reviewed this extensive and expensive review. I had to conclude since there are very few medical indications and absolutely no psychiatric indications, abortions in England are done to accommodate a woman’s choice. Since all medical and surgical procedures must depend on a physician’s professional opinion of necessity, benefit, safety, good conscience and informed consent, anyone performing an abortion is not practicing good medicine and can be successfully sued.”

Ney, P.G. (2011) Comments on the Draft Guidelines by the RCOG for the Practice of Abortion.