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Fertil Steril. 1991 Jan;55(1):100-8.

Psychosocial distress and infertility: men and women respond differently.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hôpital St-Luc., Montréal, Québec, Canada.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate gender differences in psychosocial responses of 449 consecutive first-admission couples in a fertility clinic. Consistent with previous research, infertile women showed higher distress than their partners on a global measure of psychiatric symptoms and subscales of anxiety, depression, hostility, and cognitive disturbances, as well as on measures of stress and self-esteem. When compared with same-sexed population norms on the measure of psychiatric symptoms, both male and female infertile patients were significantly more distressed than average. No evidence was found for unusually high levels of marital or sexual distress at intake. Implications of results for clinical management are explored.

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