ERIC Number: ED329891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
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Pastoral Care to the Infertile Couple.
Louw, D. J.
This paper examines the crisis of infertility in the context of the biological or instinctual, cultural, and religious root of parenting. A therapeutic approach to the problem of infertility suggests that pastoral care should make a thorough diagnosis of the correlation between the motivation for parenting, role expectations in the social and cultural environment, and the couple's perception of God. Personal motivation, social role expectation, and deterministic conceptions regarding God and human suffering should be taken into consideration and analyzed thoroughly. Two basic assumptions are presented for the development of a therapeutic model. Thesis A promotes the notion of man being created by God as a sexual being. This thesis views sexuality from the perspective of personhood and human identity, which places sexual roles in the more comprehensive context of human identity and Christian discipleship. Thesis B provides a positive view of single life and the childless marriage as legitimate options for a full adult life. This alters the perception that marriage and having children are imperative, and they become options rather than obligations. Furthermore, it is important to view God as bending toward the infertile couple and identifying Himself with their pain, loss and grief. Couples usually view God from a deterministic perspective and are desperately in need of a consoling perspective emphasizing God's profound love for the individual in the midst of tragedy and suffering. (LLL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Infertility; South Africa
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference for Marriage and Family Therapy (48th, Washington, DC, October 4-7, 1990).