Development of brief stress management support groups for couples undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment

Mary Ellen McNaughton-Cassill, J. Michael Bostwick, Sara E. Vanscoy, Nancy J. Arthur, Timothy N. Hickman, Randal D. Robinson, Greg S. Neal

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Objective: To develop and assess the efficacy of couples stress management groups offered concurrently with IVF treatment : Couples in IVF treatment were given the option of participating in a biweekly stress management group. Sett : The IVF treatment clinic at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. Patient(s): One or both members of 17 couples participated in the program in one of four group cycles. Intervention(s): A cognitive behavioral treatment model was used to help couples process their feelings and cognitions about the impact of infertility on their life and explore their expectations about their future options for becoming parents. Main Outcome Measure(s): Couples were asked to anonymously evaluate the efficacy of the group after they had completed their IVF cycle. Result(s): Participants reported that the group helped them deal with the stress of infertility and that they valued the social bonds they formed with other group members. Conclusion(s): These data suggest that brief focused group therapy, offered while couples are undergoing IVF, is an effective way to help people deal with the stress of infertility treatment. Copyright (C) 2000 American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-93
Number of pages7
JournalFertility and Sterility
Volume74
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2000

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Self-Help Groups
Fertilization in Vitro
Infertility
Therapeutics
Group Psychotherapy
Cognition
Emotions
Parents
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

Keywords

  • IVF patients
  • Stress management
  • Support group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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McNaughton-Cassill, M. E., Bostwick, J. M., Vanscoy, S. E., Arthur, N. J., Hickman, T. N., Robinson, R. D., & Neal, G. S. (2000). Development of brief stress management support groups for couples undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment. Fertility and Sterility, 74(1), 87-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-0282(00)00564-1

Development of brief stress management support groups for couples undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment. / McNaughton-Cassill, Mary Ellen; Bostwick, J. Michael; Vanscoy, Sara E.; Arthur, Nancy J.; Hickman, Timothy N.; Robinson, Randal D.; Neal, Greg S.

In: Fertility and Sterility, Vol. 74, No. 1, 01.07.2000, p. 87-93.

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McNaughton-Cassill, Mary Ellen ; Bostwick, J. Michael ; Vanscoy, Sara E. ; Arthur, Nancy J. ; Hickman, Timothy N. ; Robinson, Randal D. ; Neal, Greg S. / Development of brief stress management support groups for couples undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment. In: Fertility and Sterility. 2000 ; Vol. 74, No. 1. pp. 87-93.
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