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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 321-326

Psychological aspects of infertility: A comparative study

1 National Career Service Center for Differently Abled, DGE, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Mr Nigesh Kalorath
National Career Service Center for Differently Abled, DGE, M/o Labour and Employment, NSTI Campus, Shivam Road, Vidyanagar, Hyderabad - 500 007, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_21_20

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Introduction: Psychosocial aspects of infertility in couples are of much relevance. This paper attempts to compare psychological factors that may play a role in couples with and without infertility. The main objectives are to examine the differences concerning marital quality, attachment styles, and defense styles of infertile and fertile couples. Methods: A total of 60 individuals (30 infertile couples and 30 matched fertile couples) were assessed through administering the personal information schedule, Marital Quality Scale, Attachment Style Questionnaire, and Defense Style Questionnaire-40. General Health Questionnaire-28 was administered in the fertile couples to rule out psychiatric morbidity. Results: Statistical analyses revealed that infertile couples differed from fertile couples on marital quality dimensions of understanding, satisfaction, trust, role functioning, despair, and rejection. On the attachment style, component of preoccupation with relationships and the use of immature defenses such as acting out and displacement. Conclusions: This research identified several psychological dimensions related to fertility. Understanding these factors may be helpful for the couples, their family members, and practitioners, with regard to the psychological and social needs related to infertility.

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