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Title: The Mediator Role of Emotion Regulation Processes on Infertility-Related Stress
Authors: Galhardo, Ana 
Cunha, Marina 
Pinto-Gouveia, José 
Matos, Marcela 
Keywords: Adaptation, Psychological; Emotions; Female; Infertility; Judgment; Male; Shame; Stress, Psychological
Issue Date: 2013
Serial title, monograph or event: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume: 20
Issue: 4
Abstract: The objective of this study is to investigate gender differences regarding the mediator role of self-compassion and self-judgment on the effects of external shame, internal shame, dyadic adjustment, on infertility-related stress. One hundred and sixty-two women and 147 men with a primary infertility diagnosis completed the following set of self-report measures: Others as Shamer, Experience of Shame Scale, Dyadic Adjustment Scale, Self-Compassion Scale, and Fertility Problem Inventory. Path analyses results revealed that in women self-compassion fully mediated the effect of internal shame on infertility-related stress and partially mediated the effect of dyadic adjustment on this variable, while external shame had only a direct effect. In men self-judgment fully mediated the effect of external and internal shame on infertility-related stress. Dyadic adjustment had only a direct effect on infertility-related stress. In conclusion, there is a distinct role of self-compassion and self-judgment on the relationship between shame and infertility-related stress in men and women. Such differences should be taken into account in psychological interventions with these patients. Future research is warranted to further support our results.
DOI: 10.1007/s10880-013-9370-3
Rights: openAccess
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