Emotional reactions and attitudes prior to in vitro fertilization: An inter-spouse study

Dalia Merari*, Angela Chetrit, Baruch Modan

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In this study, spouse's emotional responses and attitudes to in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment were examined. The participants were 113 childless couples who suffered from infertility of unknown or mechanical (women) cause. Both partners were evaluated prior to IVF treatment. Incompatible emotional responses and attitudes to the treatment between the partners usually reflected the men reporting less distress and worries than women. Women had significantly higher state and trait anxiety and depression scores than normative levels, irrespective of whether they were successful in conceiving. Husbands of conceiving women scored higher on depression than husbands of nonconceiving women. The nonconceiving husbands had depression and trait anxiety scores significantly lower than the normative level. In addition, high emotional responses to the treatment, especially in men, were positively associated with treatment success. Recommendations for family assessment and counseling are suggested on the basis of these results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-640
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology and Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2002


  • Attitudes
  • Emotions
  • In-vitro fertilization
  • Spouses


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