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Psychosocial effects of infertility and adopted coping mechanisms:A case of Nakuru Provincial General Hospita

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dc.contributor.author Mwarangu, Elizabeth
dc.date.issued 2013-05
dc.date.accessioned 2022-09-28T13:14:42Z
dc.date.available 2022-09-28T13:14:42Z
dc.description.abstract Cases of infertility have been on the increase in the world with multiple aspects including physical, emotional, financial, social and psychological consequences. However, most of the research conducted have focused on the medical and clinical aspects of infertility and ignored psychosocial factors. There is therefore limited documentation on the psychosocial consequences of infertility, treatment-seeking behaviour and the coping mechanisms adopted by the affected persons. Hence, this study sought to assess the psychosocial factors of infertility and adopted coping mechanisms in Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital. The study was guided by systems theory, social stigma theory and coping theory. This study adopted an ex post facto research approach. The accessible population included all the 180 infertile patients who were currently seeking medical services from Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital. A purposive sample of 80 infertile patients who sought medical services for hospital during the time of the study was used. Data were collected through administration of a self-structured questionnaire with the infertile patients and an interview schedule with the medical officer in-charge in both pilot study and the main study. The instruments were pilot-tested to validate and determine its Cronbach reliability coefficient. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics with the aid of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 17.0 for Windows. The study findings indicate that infertile persons combine religious, cultural, and medical reasons to explain the cause of their infertility. Infertility caused psychosocial consequences on the affected persons. However, accepting their infertility status and seeking medical treatment had reduced the frequency of psychosocial consequences among the respondents. The diverse coping strategies among the respondents indicate the gravity of their desperation to deal with infertility. Based on these findings, the study recommended that there is need for more public awareness and sensitisation about infertility in terms of causes and treatment. There is need for the society to understand the causes of infertility and accept infertile persons so as to reduce the frequency and magnitude of the psychosocial impact. There is need to prioritise and integrate psychosocial counseling in the medical treatment of infertility. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Egerton University en_US
dc.subject Infertility en_US
dc.title Psychosocial effects of infertility and adopted coping mechanisms:A case of Nakuru Provincial General Hospita en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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