|Alexithymia, worry and Perceived Stress in Fertile and Infertile Women of Tabriz: A Comparison|
|Marziyeh Alivan Vafa1, Laya farzadi2, Mina Moghadam Taheri2|
|1Department of Psychology, Tabriz.Branch, Islamic Azad University Tabriz, Iran
2Women's Reproductive Health Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
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Keywords : Infertility, Alexithymia, Worry, Perceived stress
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Objectives:The purpose of this research was to compare alexithymia, worry and perceived stress in fertile and infertile women in Tabriz.
Materials and Methods : In this descriptive-analytical study, Fifty infertile women were selected by means of convenience sampling from women who had referred to Al-Zahra and Milad fertility treatment centers from March to September 2017 and were diagnosed with infertility and were receiving therapies by gynecologists. The control group included patients’ partners. Data were collected by Toronto Alexithymia Scale, Penn State Worry Questionnaire, and Cohen’s Perceived Stress Scale.
Results: the results showed a significant difference between fertile and infertile women in the extent of alexithymia, worry and perceived stress being lower in infertile women (p<0.05).
Conclusion: The results of present research show that infertility can affect personal, social and marital relationships and result in mental imbalance in fetus, increased depression and even divorce among the couples.
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