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dc.creatorBedard, Christopher J.
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-01T15:16:37Z
dc.date.available2019-11-01T15:16:37Z
dc.date.created2019-08
dc.date.issued2019-08
dc.date.submittedAugust 2019
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2346/85388
dc.description.abstractInfertility impacts 1 in 6 couples in the United States alone. This has long been seen as a medical issue that couples face but not seen as an experience they share. Researchers have sought to understand the influence infertility has on the individual spouses without consideration of the couple as a dyadic unit. The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of infertility from the perspective of the couple. Using an interpretive phenomenological analysis, the researcher explored the following research questions: (1) how do couples experience infertility as a dyadic unit, (2) how the experience impacts interactions with family and friends, and (3) how does the experience impact religious belief? Results of the study revealed five major themes: constant experience, incredible drive, sharing the experience, suckiness, and religious belief as protective factor. Clinical and research implications are discussed.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectInfertility
dc.subjectCouples
dc.subjectShared meaning
dc.subjectSocial life
dc.subjectReligious belief
dc.subjectSocial
dc.subjectOnline support groups
dc.subjectOnline support groups
dc.subjectAmbiguous loss
dc.titleReligious couples' share meanings of infertility: A phenomenological inquiry
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2019-11-01T15:16:37Z
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thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.disciplineMarriage and Family Therapy
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University
thesis.degree.departmentCommunity, Family, and Addiction Services
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPiland Springer, Nicole
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFife, Stephen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMerchant, Lisa Vallie
dc.contributor.committeeChairPickens, Jaclyn
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