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Aghighi A, Foroughi M, Daneshmandi S, Abbasi M. The Role of Alexithymia and Sexual Self-esteem in the Prediction of Marital Stress and Adjustment in Infertile Women. PCP 2021; 9 (1) :19-26
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1- Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Educational Science & Psychology, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.
2- Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Literature & Humanistic Science, Bushehr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Bushehr, Iran.
3- Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Educational Science & Psychology, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran. , saeededaneshmandi@gmail.com
4- Department of Psychology, Faculty of Literature & Humanistic Science, Salman Farsi University of Kazerun, Kazerun, Iran.
Abstract:   (1658 Views)
Objective: Considering the negative impact of infertility on the level of adjustment and stress in women, the present study aimed to examine the role of sexual self-esteem and alexithymia in predicting marital stress and adjustment of infertile women.
Methods: This research was a cross-sectional study. The study population consisted of all infertile women in Shiraz City, Iran (N=70000). A total of 400 women were selected through a non-random and purposeful sampling method, but the final sample consisted of 380 subjects. The study tools were a short form of sexual self-esteem scale for women, Locke-Wallace marital adjustment questionnaire, Stockholm-Tehran marital stress scale, and Toronto alexithymia scale. The obtained data were analyzed by the Pearson correlation and multivariate regression in the SPSS V. 26.
Results: The results showed a significant negative relationship between sexual self-esteem and marital stress as well as alexithymia and marital adjustment (P<0.01). Besides, the positive relationships between sexual self-esteem and marital adjustment and alexithymia and marital stress were significant (P<0.01). The results of multiple regression analysis demonstrated that alexithymia and sexual self-esteem could significantly predict marital stress and marital adjustment with the standard coefficient of 0.44 and 0.22, respectively.
Conclusion: Alexithymia and sexual self-esteem play essential roles in predicting adjustment and stress levels of infertile women, respectively. Accordingly, difficulty in emotional awareness at first, and then the low level of self-esteem in sexual function can decrease adjustment and increase stress in marital relationships. 
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Cognitive behavioral
Received: 2019/05/16 | Accepted: 2020/10/8 | Published: 2021/01/1

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