Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Rex Forehand

Abstract

Infertility is a frequently occurring chronic health condition, which often persists throughout the reproductive years. Heightened anxiety symptoms often are comorbid with infertility diagnoses. Women experiencing infertility, and particularly those with anxiety symptoms, characterize an emerging population that deserves special attention. However, women experiencing infertility have identified barriers to seeking psychotherapy (e.g., fears of being dismissed from fertility treatment and/or stigmatized). Consequently, women diagnosed with infertility need a psychotherapy that not only can reduce these symptoms, but can also be private and convenient. The current study translated an empirically tested in-person mind/body protocol into an internet-based intervention to suit the needs of this population. Seventy-one women were randomly assigned to the intervention or a wait-list control. At the close of the study, only three participants had completed the intervention. At mid-assessment, relative to the wait-list group, the intervention group had a lower level of depressive symptoms and, for those with elevated anxiety symptoms at baseline, a lower level of anxiety symptoms. The findings suggest that even a partially completed internet-based intervention can reduce the anxiety and depressive symptoms of women with a diagnosis of infertility.

Language

en

Number of Pages

151 p.

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