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Cognitive Appraisals, Coping Processes, and Adjustment to Infertility

  • Annette L. Stanton
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)

Abstract

How does one cope with the demands of infertility? This chapter centers on a study of coping in infertile couples. Personal accounts of study participants and quantitative data are used to provide a rich portrait of the issues involved. Participants’ responses reveal the remarkable diversity of coping methods initiated by those who carry this diagnosis:

When the pregnancy test comes back negative, I laugh it off. I eat more pizza, do more work, and refuse to look at babies.

I try to keep my emotions under control and instead just take it one day at a time. Right now we’re waiting to see if this new medication works. Then we’ll talk about the next step.

I shout and cry and try to get my emotions out. I hit walls and pillows. I talk and talk and talk. If I don’t express it, I’ll go crazy.

Keywords

Coping Strategy Cognitive Appraisal Infertile Couple Avoidance Coping Coping Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annette L. Stanton
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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