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Infertility pp 197-222 | Cite as

Psychological Adjustment to Infertility

Future Directions in Research and Application
  • Christine Dunkel-Schetter
  • Annette L. Stanton
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)

Abstract

In this book, we have attempted to bring together the best of stress and coping research with current issues regarding adjustment to infertility. We hope that these chapters will introduce a new theoretical tradition to research on infertility, a stress and coping framework. It is our conviction that this body of theoretical work can provide excellent direction for psy-chosocial infertility research in the next decade.

Keywords

Infertile Woman Standard Scale Infertile Couple Somatic Health Marital Functioning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Dunkel-Schetter
    • 1
  • Annette L. Stanton
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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