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Changes in marital congruence and quality of life across the transition to parenthood in couples who conceived spontaneously or with assisted reproductive technologies

Gameiro, Sofia, Nazaré, Bárbara, Fonseca, Ana, Moura-Ramos, Mariana and Canavarro, Maria Cristina 2011. Changes in marital congruence and quality of life across the transition to parenthood in couples who conceived spontaneously or with assisted reproductive technologies. Fertility and Sterility 96 (6) , pp. 1457-1462. 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.09.003

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Abstract

Objective To investigate the relationship between changes in marital congruence (ie, level of agreement between partners about their relationship) and quality of life across the transition to parenthood in couples who conceived spontaneously and with assisted reproduction technology (ART). Design Prospective longitudinal cohort design using multilevel modeling. Setting Portuguese large public university–based hospital. Patient(s) Pregnant couples who conceived spontaneously and with ART. Intervention(s) None. Main Outcome Measure(s) ENRICH Marital Inventory and the World Health Organization Brief Quality of Life Instrument. Result(s) For all couples, an increase in satisfaction with the marital relationship was associated with increases in all quality of life domains. For couples who conceived with ART only, a decrease from pregnancy to the postpartum period in congruence about the existence of conflicts in their relationship was associated with a decrease in psychologic quality of life. Conclusion(s) Couples who conceive with ART are usually satisfied with their marital relationship, but they may still disagree in their perceptions of this relationship, which may negatively impact their well-being. These results reinforce the role of couple-based interventions to prevent intracouple disagreement across the transition to parenthood, especially when conception is achieved with ART.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Infertility; assisted reproductive technologies; transition to parenthood; marital congruence; quality of life; marital relationship
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0015-0282
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:53
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/28525

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