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Fertil Steril. 2002 Jun;77(6):1241-7.

Differences between husbands' and wives' approach to infertility affect marital communication and adjustment.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA. pasch@itsa.ucsf.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To test a theoretical model of the effect on marital communication and adjustment of men's and women's approach to infertility.

DESIGN:

A cross-sectional research design involving interviews, questionnaires, and a marital discussion task.

SETTING:

Volunteers from practices of fertility specialists.

PATIENT(S):

Forty-eight couples currently seeking infertility treatment.

INTERVENTION(S):

None.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

Quality of marital communication during a marital discussion task and effect of infertility on the marriage.

RESULT(S):

Having children was more important to wives than husbands; wives were more involved in trying to have a baby, wanted to talk with their partner more about trying to have a baby, and experienced a greater loss of self-esteem than did their husbands. To the extent that husbands saw having children as important, were involved in trying to have a baby, or wanted to talk with their wives about trying to have a baby, the quality of marital communication when discussing infertility was less negative, and in turn, wives perceived a more positive effect of infertility on their marriage.

CONCLUSION(S):

Increases in husbands' interest and involvement in fertility treatment may lead to positive changes in couple communication about infertility and to a more positive effect of infertility on the marriage.

PMID:
12057735
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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