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ERIC Number: EJ699232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7960
Treating Faith-Based Infertile Couples Using Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling Strategies: A Preliminary Investigation
Smith, June A.; Smith, Alanzo H.
Counseling and Values, v49 n1 p48 Oct 2004
The authors have found no study that addressed the influence of religious practices, biblical texts, and a spiritual environment on the dynamics of coping with crises often experienced by couples who are infertile and who transition into childlessness. Twenty-five couples from the greater New York area who were referred by religious leaders participated in an in-depth interview to share their experiences. This study is a preliminary investigation of the experiences and emotional dynamics of infertile couples. It further illustrates how cognitive-behavioral approaches may be used as possible intervention strategies. The aim of this article is to explore the dynamics of infertile couples who participated in religious faith-based activities and to illustrate the use of cognitive-behavioral counseling as an effective intervention to be used by professional counselors to help these couples in their crises. It explores: (1) The myths and experiences of infertile couples; (2) the influence of religious communities/activities/events on infertile couples' self-esteem; (3) the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as a treatment strategy; and (4) implications for professional counselors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York