The experience of uncertainty in infertility




Tardif, Sarah C.

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This dissertation offers a review of the extant literature regarding infertility, as well as medical, personal, social, and relational uncertainty through the theoretical lens of the tripartite model of uncertainty and the relational turbulence model within the context of infertility. This research explored a research question and hypotheses that inquired into the various forms of uncertainty that may arise among couples experiencing fertility, how the forms of uncertainty may be related to one another or operate independently, and how they may influence important individual and relational outcomes within this particular health context. In order to investigate the research problem, survey data were collected from 250 participants currently dealing with fertility troubles. Evidence of direct and mediated connections between medical and relational uncertainty was discovered, while personal uncertainty appeared to be experienced separately.


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