A woman’s worth: The psychological impact of beliefs about motherhood, female identity, and infertility on childless women with endometriosis

Federica Facchin, Laura Buggio, Dhouha Dridi, Paolo Vercellini

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Abstract

In this study, we examined whether beliefs regarding motherhood, female identity, and infertility affected the psychological health of 127 childless endometriosis patients. Anxiety and depression were measured using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, while self-esteem was assessed using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. A set of six Likert-type items (1 = “Not at all”; 5 = “To a very great extent”) was developed to explore women’s beliefs. Women who were more likely to believe that childless and infertile women were less appreciated by others reported poorer psychological health. Patients’ beliefs should be explored during psychological counseling. Dysfunctional beliefs about female identity, especially as regards others’ perceptions, should be restructured to improve patients’ psychological health.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)N/A-N/A
RivistaJournal of Health Psychology
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Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2019

Keywords

  • endometriosis
  • female identity
  • psychological health
  • self-esteem
  • women’s beliefs

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