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Hum Reprod. 2004 Aug;19(8):1917-23. Epub 2004 May 20.

Coping with infertility: a body-mind group intervention programme for infertile couples.

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  • 1Section of Family Therapy, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Hilbert.Lemmens@uz.kuleuven.ac.be

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The recognition of the distressing character of infertility diagnosis and treatment has led to the development of several psychosocial interventions for infertile couples. At the Leuven University Fertility Centre, a body-mind marital group intervention was developed to help infertile couples cope with the distress related to infertility.

METHODS AND RESULTS:

This treatment programme was originally adapted from a mind-body approach, but integrated concepts and techniques from body-oriented therapy, art therapy and multi-family group therapy. In this paper, the therapeutic foundations, treatment goals and practical implications of the mind-body marital group intervention are outlined. Further, the treatment procedure is explained in detail and illustrated by clinical vignettes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although the first clinical impressions about the usefulness of the body-mind group programme in fertility clinics seem promising, further research is needed to assess its effectiveness.

PMID:
15155608
DOI:
10.1093/humrep/deh323
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