ERIC Number: ED393056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-12
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The Psychologist's Role in Family Building with Reproductive Technology.
Mikesell, Susan G.
About 1 in 12 couples in the United States face the "how to have" element of reproductive choices. Assistive Reproductive Technology (ART) involves manipulation of genetic material outside of the body. Infertile couples have a large range of options in the achievement of a conception and are easily overwhelmed. As new choices are offered to couples, societal apprehension and confusion increase. Psychologists can find themselves in many different roles with couples who are engaged in the infertility experience. Educator, facilitator, evaluator, counselor and therapist are all possibilities with the couple using ART or third-party reproduction. As educator the psychologist assists with normalizing the concomitant emotions and stresses of infertility and the treatment procedures themselves. As facilitator the psychologist assesses the support resources available to the couple and assists in the decision making process. As evaluator the psychologist may do a psychological evaluation. Assessment of patients' pretreatment anxiety and depression can assist in the development of an appropriate treatment strategy. The counselor role overlaps all previously described roles--from strengthening the couple's relationship to preparing them for unsuccessful outcomes. The psychologists' role as therapist will address the interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics that have been evoked or highlighted by the infertility trauma. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Reproductive Technology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (103rd, New York, NY, August 11-15, 1995).