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The Importance of Social Relationships for Infertile Couples’ Well-Being

  • Antonia Abbey
  • Frank M. Andrews
  • L. Jill Halman
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Social relationships capacity for mitigating the negative impact of stress on physical and psychological well-being has been well documented. Hundreds of studies have examined the influence of social relationships on the way in which people cope with chronic and acute Stressors such as bereavement, malignant disease, unemployment, rape, physical disability, pregnancy, and work overload (see Broadhead, Kaplan, James, Wagner, Schoenbach, Grimson, Heyden, Tibblin, & Gehlbach, 1983; Gottlieb, 1983; House, Landis, & Umberson, 1988; Kessler, Price, & Wortman, 1985; and Wallston, Alagna, DeVellis, & DeVellis, 1983, for reviews of this literature).


Social Support Negative Affect Social Relationship Cronbach Alpha Infertile Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonia Abbey
    • 1
  • Frank M. Andrews
    • 2
  • L. Jill Halman
    • 2
  1. 1.Wayne State University and the Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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