Relations between protective traits and psychological distress among women experiencing infertility.


Journal Article

The aim of this study was to examine the association between traits associated with adaptive self-management and psychological distress in women experiencing infertility. A sample of 326 women reported on their infertility experience; their tendencies with respect to self-compassion, emotion regulation, and positivity; and their current psychological distress. Results showed negative associations of self-compassion and positive orientation with depression in the past month. The additional distress experienced by women with primary infertility was attenuated by self-compassion and the tendency to not suppress emotional expression. Traits that enable effective self-management buffer the effects of infertility on psychology health.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hoyle, RH; Davisson, EK; Novice, ML

Published Date

  • September 12, 2020

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 1359105320953466 -

PubMed ID

  • 32924607

Pubmed Central ID

  • 32924607

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-7277

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1359-1053

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1359105320953466


  • eng