A Comparison of Stress Reactions, Coping Styles, Subjective Well-Being and Its Sub-Scales in Fertile and Infertile Women

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Background: Infertility is described nearly universally as an extremely stressful condition with enduring effects on the marriage as well as each partner’s well-being. The present study was done to compare stress reactions, coping styles, subjective well-being and its sub-scales in fertile and infertile women. Materials and Methods: This analytic cross-sectional study enrolled 120 women (60 fertile and 60 infertile). The stress symptoms questionnaire, coping inventory of stressful situations-short form and subjective well-being questionnaire were administered as assessment tools. Results: Our results demonstrated significant difference among infertile and fertile women in stress reactions, coping strategies and subjective well-being. Infertile women reacted more than fertile women emotionally, cognitively and behaviorally. Infertile women used more emotion-oriented coping methods. Infertile and normal subjects differed significantly in terms of emotional, psychological and social well-being. Conclusion: Given the psychological consequences of infertility which may exaggerate the course and cause delayed treatment responses, psychological interventions seem to be clinically warranted.


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