Personality traits associated with depressive and anxiety disorders in infertile women and men undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment
2010 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 89, no 1, 27-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVE: To assess which personality traits are associated with depressive and/or anxiety disorders in infertile women and men undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: A university hospital in Sweden. POPULATION: A total of 856 eligible women and men, 428 couples, were approached to participate. Overall 643 (75.1%) subjects filled out the Swedish Universities Scales of Personality (SSP) questionnaire. The response rates were 323 women (75.5%) and 320 men (74.8%). METHODS: The SSP, a self-rating personality trait questionnaire, was used for evaluation. Main outcome measures. Personality traits associated with depression and/or anxiety disorders. RESULTS: Higher mean scores on all neuroticism-related personality traits were found in women and men with depressive and/or anxiety disorders compared to women and men with no diagnosis. High scores of neuroticism and a negative pregnancy test after IVF were associated with depressive and/or anxiety disorders among women. Among men, high scores of neuroticism and unexplained or male infertility factor were associated with depressive and/or anxiety disorders. High neuroticism scores were negatively associated with live birth (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: High scores on neuroticism-related personality traits were associated with depressive and/or anxiety disorders in women and men undergoing IVF.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 89, no 1, 27-34 p.
Anxiety, depression, infertility, personality, neuroticism
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-131186DOI: 10.3109/00016340903447396ISI: 000275251200006PubMedID: 19947903OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-131186DiVA: diva2:353482