Satisfaction in life among fathers following fertility treatment

Orit Taubman - Ben-Ari, Vera Skvirsky, Eti Bar Shua, Eran Horowitz

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Abstract

Objective: The study aimed at (a) gaining a better understanding of how fertility history (ART/spontaneous) is associated with life satisfaction among new fathers; and (b) identifying personal and interpersonal risk factors for lower satisfaction in life during the transition to fatherhood. Design: This cross-sectional study comprised 172 Israeli fathers (76 who became fathers following ART and 96 following spontaneous pregnancy), who completed a series of self-report questionnaires 5–18 months after the birth of their first child. Results: No differences were found in life satisfaction between fathers in the two fertility history groups. Regression analysis indicated that younger age and higher economic status, as well as lower attachment anxiety and avoidance and better marital relationship, were associated with a higher level of life satisfaction among new fathers. Conclusion: Although the life satisfaction of new fathers does not appear to be affected by their fertility history, it may be hampered by personal and interpersonal risk factors. These results have practical implications for professionals who come into contact with this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-341
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017

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Keywords

  • Fatherhood
  • attachment style
  • fertility treatments
  • life satisfaction
  • marital quality

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