Infertility pp 133-156 | Cite as

Perceived Control and Adjustment to Infertility among Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization

  • Susan Miller Campbell
  • Christine Dunkel-Schetter
  • Letitia Anne Peplau
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Infertility is, by definition, a loss of control over one’s reproductive ability. Yet very little systematic empirical research has examined how the objective facts of infertility translate into subjective experiences of personal control. On the one hand, infertile individuals are poignantly aware of their inability to control reproduction, and this perceived lack of control might increase the psychological distress of infertility. On the other hand, infertile individuals may differ widely in how they interpret their unsuccessful efforts to conceive. Some may emphasize the available options for enhancing the probability of becoming pregnant, rather than focusing on their past failure to conceive. Particularly for those who persist in efforts to conceive, the belief that personal efforts make a difference may be essential.


Cognitive Control Psychological Adjustment Personal Control Infertile Woman Infertile Couple 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Miller Campbell
    • 1
  • Christine Dunkel-Schetter
    • 1
  • Letitia Anne Peplau
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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