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Title: Women's and men's mental wellbeing and adjustment to pregnancy and parenthood following infertility treatment
Author: French, Lydia
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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Introduction: It is known that couples may experience emotional distress while undergoing infertility treatment. However, little is known about their mental wellbeing and adjustment to pregnancy and parenthood following successful treatment. Using a mixed method, longitudinal design, this study explored the impact of infertility and its treatment on women and men's mental wellbeing and adjustment to pregnancy and early parenthood. Methods: A clinical sample of primiparous couples, who had conceived through infertility treatment, completed a longitudinal survey that gathered information on their demographic, psychological, infertility, treatment and childbirth history. Repeat measures of their mental wellbeing and adjustment were taken at four time points, in pregnancy at 12 (Tl) and 28 (T2) weeks gestation and in parenthood at 3 (T3) and 6 (T4) months postpartum. Data were analysed using STATA. A sub group of survey participants took part in semi-structured interviews held at two time points (T2 and T4). Interviews focused on participants' experiences of infertility and treatment and the legacy it had on their mental wellbeing and adjustment to pregnancy and early parenthood. The interviews were analysed thematically.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.652035  DOI: Not available
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