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Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 181–190 | Cite as

Predicting Emotional Response to Unsuccessful Fertility Treatment: A Prospective Study

  • Christianne M. Verhaak
  • Jesper M. J. Smeenk
  • Andrea W. M. Evers
  • Agnes van Minnen
  • Jan A. M. Kremer
  • Floris W. Kraaimaat
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Abstract

The predictive value of a comprehensive model with personality characteristics, stressor related cognitions, coping and social support was tested in a sample of 187 nonpregnant women. The emotional response to the unsuccessful treatment was predicted out of vulnerability factors assessed before the start of the treatment. The results indicated the importance of neuroticism as a vulnerability factor in emotional response to a severe stressor. They also underlined the importance of helplessness and marital dissatisfaction as additional risk factors, and acceptance and perceived social support as additional protective factors, in the development of anxiety and depression after a failed fertility treatment. From clinical point of view, these results suggest fertility-related cognitions and social support should receive attention when counselling women undergoing IVF or ICSI treatment.

fertility treatment neuroticism coping stress-vulnerability models predictive study 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christianne M. Verhaak
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jesper M. J. Smeenk
    • 2
  • Andrea W. M. Evers
    • 1
  • Agnes van Minnen
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jan A. M. Kremer
    • 2
  • Floris W. Kraaimaat
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical PsychologyUniversity Medical Center St. RadboudThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity Medical Center St. RadboudThe Netherlands
  3. 3.UMC-St. Radboud435 Medical PsychologyNijmegenThe Netherlands

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