Comparison of Resilience, Positive/Negative Affect, and Psychological Vulnerability Between Iranian Infertile and Fertile Men

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Abbas Abolghasemi 1 , * , Saied Rajabi 1 , Moslem Sheikhi 1 , Azar Kiamarsi 2 , Vida Sadrolmamaleki 2

1 Department of Psychology, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, P.O. Box: 179, Ardabil, Iran

2 Ardebil Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ardebil, Iran

How to Cite: Abolghasemi A, Rajabi S, Sheikhi M, Kiamarsi A, Sadrolmamaleki V. Comparison of Resilience, Positive/Negative Affect, and Psychological Vulnerability Between Iranian Infertile and Fertile Men, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2013 ; 7(1):9-15.

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Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 7 (1); 9-15
Published Online: June 30, 2013
Article Type: Original Article
Received: December 02, 2011
Revised: February 08, 2112
Accepted: February 12, 2012

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Abstract

Objective: To compare resilience, positive/negative effect, and psychological vulnerability between fertile and infertile men.

Methods: The research sample consisted of 40 fertile and 40 infertile men who were selected among men who presented to an infertility clinic. To collect data, Connor–Davidson Resilience Scale, Positive/Negative Affect Schedule, and Brief Symptoms Inventory were used.

Results: The MANOVA results showed that infertile men had higher mean (SD) score for negative affect (46.15±8.31 vs. 23.10±8.50) and psychological vulnerability (37.90±12.39 vs. 23.30±6.40) than fertile men (P= 0.001); while infertile men had lower resilience (59.35±14.25 vs. 82.17±13.03) and positive affect (43.01±10.46 vs. 61.85±8.14) than fertile men (P= 0.001).The results of multiple regressions showed that resilience and negative affect had the highest significant contribution in prediction of psychological vulnerability in the infertile.

Conclusion: Resilience and negative effects are the best predicators for mental vulnerability of infertile men. These factors may be addressed in future studies in infertile men.

Declaration of Interest: None.

Citation: Abolghasemi A, Rabbi S, Sheikh M, Kaisaris A, Sadrolmamaleki V. Comparison of resilience, positive/negative effect, and psychological vulnerability between Iranian infertile and fertile men. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci 2013; 7(1): 9-15.

Keywords

Infertile Resilience Positive/Negative Affects Psychological Vulnerability

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