Predicting infertility stress based on the health locus of control among a group of women with fertile problems in Shiraz-Iran

Aflakseir, A.
June 2014
Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine;Jun2014 Supplement, Vol. 12, p131
Academic Journal
Introduction: Women with infertility problem experiences high emotional distress such as stress, anxiety and depression. The health locus of control seems to have different impact on health-related problems. The purpose of this study was to predict infertility stress based on health locus of control (internal, powerful others, and chance) among a group of women with fertility problem in Shiraz. Materials and Methods: A hundred and twenty women with fertile problems were recruited from infertility clinics in Shiraz using convenience sampling. Participants completed the research measures including Fertility Problem Inventory and Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale. Results: Regression analysis indicated that the component of chance locus of control (p<0.01) and illness duration (p<0.01) significantly predicted infertility stress in women with fertility problem. The participants who attributed their infertility to chance and those who had a longer duration of fertility problem were more likely to experience infertility stress. The two other components of locus of control including internal and powerful others did not predict infertility stress. Conclusion: This study highlights the importance of perceiving control on the psychological well-being of women with infertility problem.


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