Title page for ETD etd-1031102-161824


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Maillet, Margaret Haviland
URN etd-1031102-161824
Title Infertility and Marital Adjustment: The Influence of Percpetion of Social Support, Privacy Preference and Level of Depression
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Social Work
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Brij Mohan Committee Chair
Daphne Cain Committee Member
Lilly Allen Committee Member
Steven Rose Committee Member
Amy Copeland Dean's Representative
Keywords
  • multiple regression
  • social work
Date of Defense 2002-10-24
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of perception of social support, privacy preference and level of depression on marital adjustment for couples presenting for infertility treatment. Data was obtained from three infertility clinics in Louisiana from January 1, 2001 through October 1, 2001. Forty-seven couples presenting for infertility treatment completed four questionnaires measuring marital adjustment, perception of social support, privacy preference and level of depression. Demographic and descriptive information was gathered from an information sheet completed by the subjects.

Multiple regression analysis was used to determine which, if any, of the independent variables predicted the dependent variable of marital adjustment for couples, husbands and wives. Results indicated that when using couplesí scores, perception of social support from significant other and privacy reference for solitude explained a significant amount of the variance in couple marital adjustment; when using husbandsí and wives scoresí, husbandsí perception of social support from significant other and privacy preference for solitude contributed significantly to the explained variance in couplesí marital adjustment. When predicting husbandsí marital adjustment, only couplesí perception of social support from significant other and husbandsí perception of social support from significant other were significant contributors to the explained variance. Privacy preference for solitude and perception of social support from significant other contributed significantly to the explained variance in wivesí marital adjustment when using couplesí scores. The strongest model was found when using husbands and wivesí scores to predict wivesí marital adjustment. Wivesí privacy preference for solitude, level of depression, perception of social support from significant other and from friends and husbandsí privacy preference for solitude combined to predict a significant amount of variance for wivesí marital adjustment.

Findings from this study have implications for social work practice. As the prevalence of infertility rises, social workers who may be in a position to assist couples in coping with the experience of infertility can use these findings to help address the special issues involved and possible risks to marital adjustment for couples presenting for infertility treatment.

Files
  Filename       Size       Approximate Download Time (Hours:Minutes:Seconds) 
 
 28.8 Modem   56K Modem   ISDN (64 Kb)   ISDN (128 Kb)   Higher-speed Access 
  Maillet_dis.pdf 548.99 Kb 00:02:32 00:01:18 00:01:08 00:00:34 00:00:02

Browse All Available ETDs by ( Author | Department )

If you have more questions or technical problems, please Contact LSU-ETD Support.