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A theory of the transition to parenthood of infertile couples.
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PMID:  7899567     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A theoretical synthesis of the transition to parenthood of infertile couples is presented. The theory was derived from three studies of infertility the author conducted between 1985 and 1993. The theory is grounded in the experiences of infertile couples, and locates these experiences conceptually in the comparative context of normally fertile couples' transition to parenthood and in the domains of life transitions and illness work. Infertile couples exhibited some of the same processes as their fertile counterparts, varying in the phasing and intensity of these overlapping processes; and, they exhibited processes exclusive to them. There were also intragroup differences in the infertile couples: between adopting and childbearing couples, couples conceiving biomedically and spontaneously, and between couples conceiving with their own or donor gametes.
M Sandelowski
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in nursing & health     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0160-6891     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Nurs Health     Publication Date:  1995 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-04-21     Completed Date:  1995-04-21     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806136     Medline TA:  Res Nurs Health     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  123-32     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Department of Women's and Children's Health, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 27599, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adoption / psychology
Infertility / psychology*
Life Change Events
Parenting / psychology
Parents / psychology*
Grant Support

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