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Personality, coping and sperm count.
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PMID:  15644060     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Previous research has suggested an association between personality traits and coping, as well as between coping and sperm concentration. In the present study, both domains of research were combined, leading to the formulation of specific hypotheses. A total of 54 healthy volunteers were given questionnaires twice to assess personality traits and coping behaviour. Participants also produced up to three semen specimens. As hypothesized, active coping was correlated negatively with neuroticism (r = -0.59) and positively with conscientiousness (r = 0.56), whereas sperm concentration was correlated negatively with both active coping (r = -0.28) and conscientiousness (r = -0.37). The relationship between conscientiousness and sperm concentration did not appear to be mediated by active coping. Although the correlations were small, evidence is mounting that psychological aspects and male sperm parameters are not independent. The present findings, however, should not lead to the conclusion that conscientiousness and active forms of coping are characteristics of infertile patients.
M Pook; B Tuschen-Caffier; J Kubek; W-B Schill; W Krause
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Andrologia     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0303-4569     ISO Abbreviation:  Andrologia     Publication Date:  2005 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-12     Completed Date:  2005-05-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0423506     Medline TA:  Andrologia     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  29-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Siegen, Siegen, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Sperm Count*

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