ERIC Number: EJ855661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Partnered Decisions? U.S. Couples and Medical Help-Seeking for Infertility
Johnson, Katherine M.; Johnson, David R.
Family Relations, v58 n4 p431-444 Oct 2009
We examined male partners' influence on the decision to seek medical help for infertility using the National Study of Fertility Barriers. Building upon an existing help-seeking framework, we incorporated characteristics of both partners from 219 heterosexual couples who had ever perceived a fertility problem. In logistic regression analyses, we found an association between couple-level attitudes and medical help-seeking even when other predisposing and enabling conditions existed. Overall, the findings highlight that both partners contribute to the infertility help-seeking process, and that different factors may play a role in different stages of help-seeking. Studies of infertility help-seeking need to be more inclusive of the context that these decisions are embedded within to better understand service use.
Descriptors: Help Seeking, Pregnancy, Males, Medical Services, Regression (Statistics), Role, Guidelines
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