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Examining congruence between partners' perceived infertility-related stress and its relationship to marital adjustment and depression in infertile couples.
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PMID:  12698599     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Because studies examining the emotional impact of infertility-related stress generally focus on individuals, there has been little research examining how relationship and individual variables are linked. The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of congruence (e.g., agreement) between partner's perceived infertility-related stress and its effects on depression and marital adjustment in infertile men and women. Couples referred for infertility treatments at a University-affiliated teaching hospital completed the Fertility Problem Inventory (FPI), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS) 3 months prior to their first treatment cycle. Study findings show that men and women in couples who perceived equal levels of social infertility stress reported higher levels of marital adjustment when compared to men and women in couples who perceived the stress differently. In addition, women in couples who felt a similar need for parenthood reported significantly higher levels of marital satisfaction when compared to women in couples where the males reported a greater need for parenthood. While couple incongruence was unrelated to depression in males, incongruence over relationship concerns and the need for parenthood was related to female depression. These findings provide initial support for the theory that high levels of agreement between partners related to the stresses they experience help them successfully manage the impact of these stressful life events. Possibilities for future research examining the construct of couple congruence are discussed.
Brennan D Peterson; Christopher R Newton; Karen H Rosen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Family process     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0014-7370     ISO Abbreviation:  Fam Process     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-17     Completed Date:  2003-11-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400666     Medline TA:  Fam Process     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  59-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Marriage & Family Therapy Department, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22043, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Depression / diagnosis,  etiology,  psychology*
Infertility / psychology*
Marriage / psychology*
Models, Psychological
Sex Factors
Stress, Psychological / diagnosis,  etiology,  psychology*

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