Infertility

Perspectives from Stress and Coping Research

  • Annette L. Stanton
  • Christine Dunkel-Schetter

Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. An Introduction to the Infertility Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Annette L. Stanton, Christine Dunkel-Schetter
      Pages 3-16
    3. Val Davajan, Robert Israel
      Pages 17-28
    4. Christine Dunkel-Schetter, Marci Lobel
      Pages 29-57
  3. Application of Conceptual Models and Constructs in Psychology to the Study of the Infertility Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Antonia Abbey, Frank M. Andrews, L. Jill Halman
      Pages 61-86
    3. Howard Tennen, Glenn Affleck, Richard Mendola
      Pages 109-131
    4. Susan Miller Campbell, Christine Dunkel-Schetter, Letitia Anne Peplau
      Pages 133-156
    5. Leslie F. Clark, Susan M. Henry, Donna M. Taylor
      Pages 157-180
  4. Current Status and Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Anthony E. Reading
      Pages 183-196
    3. Christine Dunkel-Schetter, Annette L. Stanton
      Pages 197-222
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 223-240

About this book

Introduction

As a researcher whose work focuses largely on the causes and conse­ quences of unwanted pregnancy, I may appear to be an unlikely candidate to write a foreword to a book on infertility. Yet, many of the themes that emerge in the study of unwanted pregnancy are also apparent in the study of infertility. Moreover, this volume is an important contribution to the literature on fertility, women's health issues, and health psychology in general, all topics with which I have been closely involved over the past two decades. Neither pregnancy nor its absence is inherently desirable: The occurrence of a pregnancy can be met with joy or despair, and its absence can be a cause of relief or anguish. Whether or not these states are wanted, the conscious and unconscious meanings attached to pregnancy and in­ fertility, the responses of others, the perceived implications of these states, and one's expectations for the future all are critical factors in determining an individual's response. In addition, both unwanted pregnancy and failure to conceive can be socially stigmatized, evoking both overt and subtle social disapproval. Fur­ ther, they involve not only the woman, but her partner, and potentially the extended family. Finally, both of these reproductive issues have been poorly researched. Because both are emotionally charged and socially stigmatized events, they are difficult to study. Much of the early literature relied on anecdotal or case reports.

Keywords

Motivation diagnosis intervention psychological intervention psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Annette L. Stanton
    • 1
  • Christine Dunkel-Schetter
    • 2
  1. 1.University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-0753-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0755-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0753-0
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