Individual and Relational Well-Being at the Start of an ART Treatment: A Focus on Partners’ Gender Differences

Sara Molgora*, Maria Pia Baldini, Giancarlo Tamanza, Edgardo Somigliana, Emanuela Saita

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

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Infertility and ART treatments represent stressful experiences for the couples, impacting on the overall psychological well-being of partners as well as on their couple adjustment. Several variables were analyzed as risk factors for infertility-related distress. The impact of these experiences has been well-documented in both women and men, reporting important gender differences. The aim of this study was to assess gender differences in individual and relational well-being in infertile couples. Gender differences for psychological and medical variables predicting psychological distress were investigated. Two hundred and thirty couples who entered an ART program at a public hospital in Milan were recruited. Each partner completed the following scales: ScreenIVF, Dyadic Adjustment Scale, and Experience in Close Relationship Questionnaire. Findings revealed several gender differences with women reporting higher levels of both anxiety and depressive symptoms, anxiety and avoidance attachment, and helplessness, but lower levels of acceptance than men. Differences emerged also in factors predicting well-being: poor support predicted anxiety in men and depression in women. Furthermore, individual well-being was predicted only for men by attachment anxiety and previous treatment. Finally, in the women subsample, couple’s adjustment was predicted by anxiety attachment, while in men predictors were helplessness and type of diagnosis. These results suggest the importance of implementing support interventions for couples which take into consideration the specific needs and fragility of each partner as well as focusing on enhancing a sense of partnership.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)2027-2037
Numero di pagine11
RivistaFrontiers in Psychology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020


  • assisted reproduction
  • couple adjustment
  • gender differences
  • individual well-being
  • infertile couple
  • relational well-being


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