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Fam Process. 1995 Jun;34(2):219-29.

An infertility primer for family therapists: I. Medical, social, and psychological dimensions.

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  • 1Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy, New York, NY 10021, USA.


A seemingly "self-evident truth" in most people's lives is that one day they will have children. This universal, biopsychosocial assumption goes unchallenged until a couple faces infertility. Although the effects of such a challenge are profound, infertility is often treated as a nonevent--both within our society as a whole, and within the field of family therapy in particular. To assist clinicians who work with this numerically increasing population, and the many others who have been affected by their encounter with infertility in the past, this article discusses the biological/medical, psychological, and social factors that shape the experience of infertility in our society.

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