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Perspectives from Stress and Coping Research

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  • © 1991


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

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. An Introduction to the Infertility Process

  2. Application of Conceptual Models and Constructs in Psychology to the Study of the Infertility Process

  3. Current Status and Future Directions


About this book

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.

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA

    Annette L. Stanton

  • University of California, Los Angeles, USA

    Christine Dunkel-Schetter

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Infertility

  • Book Subtitle: Perspectives from Stress and Coping Research

  • Editors: Annette L. Stanton, Christine Dunkel-Schetter

  • Series Title: Springer Series on Stress and Coping

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-306-43844-8Published: 31 May 1991

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4899-0755-4Published: 05 June 2013

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4899-0753-0Published: 29 June 2013

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XX, 240

  • Topics: Personality and Social Psychology, Sexual Behavior, Psychotherapy and Counseling

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