Comparison of multiple psychological distress measures between men and women preparing for in vitro fertilization

Christina L. Wichman, Shawna L Ehlers, Scott E. Wichman, Amy L. Weaver, Charles Coddington

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Abstract

Objective: To compare multiple measures of psychological distress between men and women preparing for IVF. Design: Retrospective cohort study. Setting: Outpatient, academic infertility clinic. Patient(s): One hundred sixty-two consecutive couples presenting for infertility treatment with IVF. Intervention(s): Measures were completed as part of a routine, infertility-focused psychological evaluation, including the Beck Depression Inventory, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, State-Trait Anger Inventory, and Impact of Events Scale. Main Outcome Measure(s): Scores of above psychological questionnaires. Result(s): Psychological distress scores were statistically significantly higher among women than men for symptoms of depression, state anxiety, infertility specific distress, and general perceived stress. However, aside from infertility-specific distress (d = .43), effect sizes for the paired differences between females and males ranged from d = .18 to .23. Conclusion(s): Women consistently scored higher on multiple measures of psychological distress than their male partners in the context of preparing for IVF. Comparison of infertility-specific distress scores yielded the largest statistically and clinically significant difference compared with traditional measures of general depression and anxiety symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)717-721
Number of pages5
JournalFertility and Sterility
Volume95
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011

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Fertilization in Vitro
Infertility
Psychology
Anxiety
Depression
Equipment and Supplies
Anger
Cohort Studies
Outpatients
Retrospective Studies
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • in vitro fertilization
  • Infertility
  • psychological distress
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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Comparison of multiple psychological distress measures between men and women preparing for in vitro fertilization. / Wichman, Christina L.; Ehlers, Shawna L; Wichman, Scott E.; Weaver, Amy L.; Coddington, Charles.

In: Fertility and Sterility, Vol. 95, No. 2, 02.2011, p. 717-721.

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Wichman, Christina L. ; Ehlers, Shawna L ; Wichman, Scott E. ; Weaver, Amy L. ; Coddington, Charles. / Comparison of multiple psychological distress measures between men and women preparing for in vitro fertilization. In: Fertility and Sterility. 2011 ; Vol. 95, No. 2. pp. 717-721.
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