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Personality traits associated with depressive and anxiety disorders in infertile women and men undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Reproduktiv hälsa/Sundström Poromaa)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, University Hospital.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Reproduktiv hälsa/Sundström Poromaa)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Reproduktiv hälsa/Sundström Poromaa)
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
Abstract [en]

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.

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2010. Vol. 89, no 1, 27-34 p.
Keyword [en]
Anxiety, depression, infertility, personality, neuroticism
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-131186DOI: 10.3109/00016340903447396ISI: 000275251200006PubMedID: 19947903OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-131186DiVA: diva2:353482
Available from: 2010-09-27 Created: 2010-09-27 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Mood Disorders, Personality and Grief in Women and Men undergoing in vitro Fertilization Treatment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mood Disorders, Personality and Grief in Women and Men undergoing in vitro Fertilization Treatment
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Psychological problems are common in infertile women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.  The aim of this thesis was to determine the prevalence of psychiatric disorders, such as mood and anxiety disorders, and related risk factors and personality traits in women and men undergoing IVF.

Participants were 1090 consecutive women and men, 545 couples, attending a fertility clinic in Sweden during a two-year period. The Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders (PRIME-MD), based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), was used for evaluating mood and anxiety disorders. The participation rate was 862 (79 %) subjects.

Any psychiatric disorder was present in 31 % of females and in 10 % of males. Major depression was prevalent in 11 % of females and 5 % of males. Only 21 % of the subjects with a psychiatric disorder had some form of treatment. A negative pregnancy test and obesity (BMI ≥ 30) were risk factors for mood disorders in women and the only risk factor for depression in men was unexplained infertility. Anxiety disorders were less common than in the general population and no IVF-related risk factors were identified. The Swedish universities Scales of Personality (SSP), a self-rating questionnaire, was used for evaluation of personality traits. High scores of personality traits related to neuroticism were associated with mood and/or anxiety disorders among both women and men.

Another objective was to explore the experience of childlessness three years after unsuccessful IVF by a qualitative-approach, assessing data by interviews. Failure after IVF was experienced by women in terms of grief, whereas men took upon themselves a supportive role not expressing grief. A need for professional support and counselling in how to handle grief was described. An unstructured end after IVF treatment left unanswered questions. Three years after the end of treatment, men and women were still processing and had not adapted to childlessness, indicating the grieving process was unresolved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2009. 67 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 489
Keyword
infertility, in vitro fertilization, depression, anxiety, personality, neuroticism, grief, unsuccessful IVF
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Research subject
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-109464 (URN)978-91-554-7630-4 (ISBN)
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2009-11-27, IX Universitetshuset, Övre Slottsgatan 2, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-11-06 Created: 2009-10-15 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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