Background: Infertility is a complex crisis of life and increases psychological
difficulties such as anxiety and depression. Identification of copy strategies
for stressful events like infertility is important. The aim of our study was to
investigate the relationship between coping strategies with anxiety and
depression symptoms in men and women’s infertile. Methods: This descriptive-analytic study was conducted from
2011-2012 on 168 Iranian infertile couples referred to the Fatemeh Zahra
infertility and reproductive health research center of Babol university of medical
science to initiate assistant reproductive technologies and completed the Ways
of Coping Questionnaire (WCQ), The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), and
Beck Depression Inventory (BDI).The results were analyzed using t-test, the
Pearson correlation and the stepwise model of multiple regression analysis. P
< 0.05 was considered for level of significant. Results:Escape/ avoidance contributed
the greatest amount of unique variance to the model for anxiety/de-pression
of infertile women (P < 0.0001, P < 0.001) and followed by distancing (P <
0.0001, P < 0.01), accepting responsibility(P < 0.0001, P < 0.01).
Seeking social support was the negative significantly predictor for both
anxiety and depression in infertile women (P < 0.01, P < 0.01), but
planful problem solving was the inversely predictor for only depression in
infertile women (P < 0.01). Escape/avoidance was the only predictor factor
of the model anxiety for infertile men (P < 0.01). Escape/avoidance and self
controlling were the positive predictor (P < 0.001) and planful problem
solving was the negative predictor for men depression (P < 0.05). Conclusion: men and women infertile
who use disproportionally maladaptive coping
strategies such as escape/avoidance are predisposed to anxiety and
depression symptoms. How using the coping strategies is very important in
expressing anxiety and depression in infertile couples and training the adaptive coping strategies suggested by counseling centers.
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