Volume 12, number 3
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A Holistic Approach for Comparing Stress  by Gender Difference  in Couple Who Received Assisted Reproductive Treatment

Fatemeh Ghavi1, Leili Mosalanejad2, Masomeh Golestan3 and Mina Taheri4

1Assistant professor, Midwifery Department, Research Center for Social Determinants of Health, Jahrom University of Medical Sciences, Jahrom, Iran 2Assistant professor, Mental Health Department, Research Center for Social Determinants of Health, Jahrom University of Medical Sciences, Jahrom, Iran 3Research and Clinical  Center, Shahid Sadoughi  University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran 4Lecturer in Midwifery,Department of Midwifery ,College of Nursing and Midwifery Shiraz,University of Medical Science,Shiraz;Iran

DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.13005/bbra/1864

ABSTRACT: The recognition of the distressing character of infertility diagnosis and treatment has led to the development of many researches in medical psychology and mental health domain .This article aimed to investigate holistic stress from infertility by gender difference. This is a cross-sectional descriptive study on 369 infertile couples (175 male and 194 women) who referred to Yazd infertility center. These participants were selected by purposive sampling method. Data were collected by using demographic characteristics’ questionnaire (researcher-made questionnaire), DASS test( depression- anxiety- stress ) ,  Courdon stress test( health stress- personality stress and life stress )  and perceived stress test ( positive and negative perceived stress) . Mean score of depression, anxiety and stress in women was higher than men. Negative perceived stress, personality stress and life stress in women was higher than men, but positive stress conceived and health stress in men was higher than women. The results show that infertility has a significant impact on couples over time. Mental health professionals can educate couples regarding the effectiveness of coping strategies as well as stress management techniques while experiencing the stress of infertility.

KEYWORDS: Stress; Infertility; Sex; Depression; Anxiety

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Ghavi F, Mosalanejad L, Golestan M, Taheri M. A Holistic Approach for Comparing Stress by Gender Difference in Couple Who Received Assisted Reproductive Treatment. Biosci Biotech Res Asia 2015;12(3)

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