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Type: Journal article
Title: Infertility problems and mental health symptoms in a community-based sample: Depressive symptoms among infertile men, but not women
Author: Fairweather-Schmidt, A.
Leach, L.
Butterworth, P.
Anstey, K.
Citation: International Journal of Men's Health, 2014; 13(2):75-91
Publisher: Men's Studies Press
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1532-6306
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A. K. Fairweather-Schmidt, L. Leach, P. Butterworth, K.J. Anstey
Abstract: Most researchers agree that men's and women's experiences of infertility are fundamentally different, and impacts upon the nature of psychological distress encountered. However, design flaws, including non-random samples unrepresentative of the general population, compromise many existing studies. Data derived from a random general community sample provides prevalence of current infertility, and permits examination of longitudinal associations between mental health symptoms and infertility among 1,978 participants aged 28-32 years. In the previous 12-months, infertility was experienced by 2.1% and 5.4% partnered men and women. Infertility independently predicted depressive symptomatology in men, and anxiety symptoms among women. Gender differences were sustained, even controlling for prior depression and anxiety. Health professionals are encouraged to proactively enquire about affective symptoms experienced by both women and men with infertility problems.
Keywords: gender Differences; general population sample; infertility; men's health; mental health
Rights: © 2014 by the Men's Studies Press, LLC. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.3149/jmh.1302.75
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