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University of Tehran , besharat@ut.ac.ir
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Infertility is a burdensome experience for women which requires high levels of emotional adjustment. The aim of the present study was to investigate the mediating role of cognitive emotional regulation strategies on the relationship between attachment styles and ego strength with adjustment to infertility in women. A total of 275 women with primary infertility who were referred to Valie-asr Reproductive Health Research Centre (Tehran Imam Khomeini Hospital) participated in this study. Data was collected via Demographic Information Questionnaire, Adult Attachment Inventory (AAI), Ego-Strength Scale (ESS), Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ), and Adjustment to Illness Scale (AIS). Secure attachment style, ego strength and adaptive cognitive emotion regulation strategies revealed significant positive associations with adjustment to infertility. Avoidant and ambivalent attachment styles as well as non-adaptive cognitive emotion regulation strategies showed significant negative correlations with adjustment to infertility in women. Results of path analysis revealed that cognitive emotional regulation strategies mediated the relationship between ego strength and adjustment to infertility. Based on the results of the present study, it can be concluded that adjustment to infertility might be predicted by psychological factors. The results of the present study can be helpful in identifying high risk patients and planning psychological interventions.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2015/02/8 | Accepted: 2016/05/25 | Published: 2016/10/13

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